Typing tips, how to make type faster and master the keyboard

1) Accuracy

I had been trying to improve my speed for months and I was not seeing much improvement. Once I slowed down and started being more accurate instead of trying to type faster I started seeing an increase in my typing speed. I feel more in control as well. I still have a way to go for my personal goal but am pleased to see that I am now improving and relaxing more.
Learn to be accurate first then improve speed. Because if you make mistakes all the time the longer it will take you to type. Every time you backspace takes longer than if you slow down just a tad so you can type accurately. I still makes a lot of mistakes but I realize when I slow down to be accurate I actually tend to type slightly faster.

2) Practice

For new typists: Practice. Get used to the home keys work to the point where you do not need to look at both what you are typing, or your fingers on the keyboard.

For advanced typists: Practice. Develop muscle memory for typing certain types of commonly used letter parings. Identify the combinations of letters for certain words that give you trouble and practice typing them in particular to the point where you no longer need to think when doing so.
My tip to improve your typing speed is to not only practice often, but practice correctly. Try to get rid of bad typing habits and replace them with good ones. For example, you should use every single finger when typing instead of relying on the use of fingers with which you're most comfortable. Full utilization of both hands is necessary to achieve your highest typing potential.

3) Stretching

When my wrists get stiff from typing, I grab my fingers with one hand and stretch out my arm to full length and pull on my fingers back slowly. I then, stretch my fingers by opening and closing them, bend my hands back and forth, and rotate my wrists.
if you feel a little sore on the fingers or knuckles, just put your arms up high, and wriggle your fingers (only do this if your fingers feel sore. ) and if your knuckles hurt just put your left hand into a fist and do the same with the right. With the bottom of your left fist, tap the knuckles on your right hand and vice versa.

4) Know your keyboard

My tip to improve your typing speed is to feel for the "F" and the "J". As most know, those are the letters you feel for first on the keyboard. As time goes by, and you learn how to type without looking, you will not even really have to "feel" for the "F" and the "J" you will just learn the keyboard.
It is also important to familiarize yourself with the keyboard you are using. - This is essential as, if you can map the keyboard out in your mind, you wont need to look away from the screen to locate the key you need. This would also minimize time spent between getting your many thoughts onto the screen before loosing them (again).
If you are typing 60 wpm or higher, and want to get better, and not get carpal tunnel: buy a mechanical keyboard. I use red switch that I bought for both gaming/typing, and after an hour of typing, my fingers still feel fine. I wouldn't recommend red for most typists--It doesn't have the feedback that other switch types have, and takes a while to get used to not bottoming out the keys all the time.

5) Rhythm

What is important is developing a rhythm, not to hurry, but to be accurate, first-priority. Speed comes naturally with practice and time. Further, one must push one's self to perform better, but acknowledging that efficiency only is established, along with effectiveness. In closing, one must learn to type only what one sees/reads; never change the words, unless, of course, it is an editing ... exercise/test. One only types what one sees or reads!

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Touch typing

Touch typing is typing without looking at the keyboard. The idea is to teach your fingers the location of each keys. The F and J keys have a raised bar or a dot allowing your finger to identify them. Once you have placed your two indexes on those keys, the other fingers are placed on the keys next to them.

In order to type fast you have to be careful about which finger to use to press a key. Take a look at the drawing below. Each color match a finger. For example the left index is light green and has to type only the light green keys.

typing test tips

Certain keys are special. ASDF and JKL; are the base positions for your fingers.Your fingers go from the base position to the key that you want to press.

A good first thing to do when your learn touch typing is to memorize the keyboard and create a mental map of the associated fingers. You have to be able to press any key without even thinking. For example if I say C you have to think move the middle finger down and press C instantly. You can only achieve this through practice. You have to build up the muscle memory of each fingers.

Key ideas

* Place your indexes on F and J
* A key has to pressed by the same finger all the time
* Don't look at the keyboard, your eyes should always look at the screen
* Go practice!

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User tips



general_anubis 2 weeks, 6 days ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... wake up from the nightmare, because this never happens to me in real life.

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ch1oe24 3 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to... just relax and forget about everything around you. take your time and you will find that you make less mistakes.

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sviruet1986 3 weeks, 1 day ago
I practice at least 10 times per day to improve my typing. I also challenge myself in trying to beat my wpm. If I beat it for the day then I did my job.

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typefish95 3 weeks, 4 days ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to...
Practice the very basics and improve on them. When doing the type tests, try working on the shorter quotes so that you won't sprain your wrists. Furthermore, if you're up for it, then work on the bigger texts. Most importantly, practice everyday.

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asianontheinside 3 weeks, 5 days ago
The sudden spike is because I took a long break from my account and would basically only type not signed in, so when I remembered my account and signed in I could type significantly faster. I don't sign in to websites all that often so It will probably spike again in a couple of months.

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cats12345 3 weeks, 5 days ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to play video games! 7 years of gaming on minecraft and roblox has made me into a typing machine.

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ejsafara 4 weeks ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... that i trained for far too long, till i cried and even after then i trained, till i wasnt perfect. and since everyone knows that perfect is unachieveable, im still training till this day.............

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hannah_marie 1 month ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to...
visualise the keyboard in your head to prevent you from looking down at it too often as this slows you down.

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kkyaman111 1 month ago
When my fingers start to hurt after a while I.... get up and make a sandwich, order a big pizza, and a few tubs of ice cream and then I'm all set. I LOVE FOOD! XD

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haileyevansisthebest 1 month ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to... practice covering your hands with something so you can't see the keyboard, after you know where all of the keys are and that will increase your speed.

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michsballin 1 month ago
Practice will certainly make you faster. They key is to learn to use all 10 fingers so that while typing you never actually have to look at the keyboard.

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veryeasy123 1 month ago
Some words are easier then others to type. For example, you have there, where, when, well, happy, funny, and gross. There are some words that are very hard to type. Quorum, beautiful, quantity, quarry, and prize. Most of the hard words have a Q in them. Some words are easy, and some words are hard.

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revivan 1 month, 1 week ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I play some piano, my favourite thing to do. It stretches and relaxes my fingers, while also training my dexterity, technique and hand-eye coordination.

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user65188 1 month, 1 week ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I get bored and stop. However. this game happens to be fun and addicting most of the time. I guess that is good, for the most part. As they say, " no pain no gain." So, this suggests that if my fingers are hurting, that means that I am having a good time learning, improving and my skills are developing.

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jerzeeprincess 1 month, 1 week ago
My tips for increasing your typing speed and accuracy are My tip to improve your typing speed is to...take note of 3 things. I have more, but the most important are: 1. Chair; Make sure you're sitting upright and "ergonomically" proper; 2. Desk; From your chair, seated properly, assure that your desk is proper height in ratio to your mid-upper body / below chest and that your arms extend comfortable up unto your mid-forearm at the most with a padded edge for comfort, but also, for protection against exhaustion, strain, aches, tightening, numbness, and of course, CTS (Carpal-Tunnel Syndrome); Lastly, 3. Keyboard; You may love 'quiet keys', and fact is "to each his own" but I will go even further and state that the fact also is "quiet keys sacrifice consistent, steady, fast touch typing aka Home Row utilization, without error. Fla, low-seated keys are terrible! Try testing different ones.

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