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

hax0ff 1 month, 1 week ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to practice and practice take some break and practice again because practice makes perfection.

elfirl 1 month, 1 week ago
I bought a new keyboard (the ErgoDex EZ) and trying to learn how to type on an ortholinear keyboard. The transition is more difficult than I expected!

kjarvis 1 month, 1 week ago
My parents are divorced and I opted to switch between houses on a weekly basis. Each house has it's own benefits and I appreciate them more or less equally, however one advantage my dad's house is the presence of a computer, and boy do I love to use that thing to type. It's become a hobby of mine to try to improve my typing speed. So whenever I go over to my mom's house I'll have these little ghost keyboards that I feel, sort of like I'm going through some withdrawals.

kjarvis 1 month, 1 week ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I keep pushing myself, it'll hurt less the next time I do it. I'll get used to it. It's my back that is killing me and if that starts to hurt I'll put a pillow on my chair and if my back persists at ending my typing ventures, I just have to lay down for the rest of the day. Luckily my dad is a chiropractor, so if i ever really screw something up, I have free service.

user439719 1 month, 2 weeks ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... focusing on accuracy. Maybe emailing calling out to new registrants of the site this quote or something similar: https://www.keyhero.com/online-typing-test/21663/

skytri 1 month, 2 weeks ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I
1.) stretch them outwards,
2.) wriggle my palms without any force,
3.) clench my palm into a tight fist then release and stretch (repeat 3 times)
Finally, let them RIP for 2 mins. And get back to practice. ;)

speciality 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Get a keyboard that really sticks out to you. Sometimes I use a regular keyboard for school use / work use or I type insanely better on my gaming keyboard

curtyuiop 1 month, 2 weeks ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is...practice and using an IBM keyboard instead of other types of keyboards. I love the IBM keyboards that we used in typing class of 1987.

donniii 1 month, 2 weeks ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is, tbh, working as a call center supervisor for dentist's offices. We take calls for over 500 offices, and calls are always coming in, so we are always typing. Email is also our way of communicating with staff members and doctors

blu3bird773 1 month, 2 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to try to memorize the layout of your keyboard. It makes it easier, so you don't have to be looking down most of the time trying to figure out where each letter is at. (I'm still working on this myself)

aaveshk 1 month, 3 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to read a lot and keep practising typing. Reading improves one's vocabulary and he/she may look away from the screen to avoid hitting the wrong key.

curtyuiop 1 month, 3 weeks ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... actually don't have that problem because I use key hero to calm my fingers in between making rope ladders.

biomauler 1 month, 3 weeks ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is buying a new mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX silent red switches. It's my first mechanical keyboard and it's amazing! Before, I used to struggle to break 70 wpm. Now I just hit a high of 85!

charlott314 1 month, 3 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to...Take baby steps and learn to type as slow as possible and then speed up and up and then you will be a brilliant writer like me .

charlott314 1 month, 3 weeks ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... carry on. The more I write the more my story can be finished and published. I've always wanted to be a published author I will update on my story ( The dead girl).

piikay 1 month, 3 weeks ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I dip them in nail polish remover and then use a lighter to warm them up.