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

daniel_carthias 1 month ago
Alternate mini-sessions between attempting to type super fast, & attempting to type accurately.
Typing accurately quickly becomes pretty speedy itself.

ladysharlyne 1 month, 1 week ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I...

give them a break by looking at something that doesn't need typing on or off the keyboard. Do other tasks and come back to the typing refreshed. Sometimes I look out the window or at pictures of landscapes online.

greendesertbeauty432 1 month, 1 week ago
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands... If you need a distraction, then get on KeyHero.com and type away those worries or whatever it may be that you need a distraction from! Near or Far just know that someone will always be here or there. There's the internet and phone calls and other ways of keeping in contact or reaching out if you need a listening ear or someone to give you advice. ~Mandy

auqhryst 1 month, 1 week ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I...

Weeeeell, I never experienced pain from typing too much.
I get those from writing too much LOL.

I get bored faster than being tired from typing. And I get tired faster when typing on android devices than PC/laptop keyboard.

Additionally, typing on PC/laptop keyboard, for me, is seriously faster than typing on android devices.

auqhryst 1 month, 1 week ago
Started to type faster than average through chatting friends online since way back in 5th grade. Mostly from other countries so I had to learn English the way people would understand me. Being a bookworm helps.

ar812442 1 month, 1 week ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... This absolutely amazing site. Thank you guys so very much, there isn't any words that I can use to better thank you.

babygyrl 1 month, 2 weeks ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I...stop and take a break. It's good to take a break now and then for the eyes as well.

team_ohio 1 month, 3 weeks ago
finally i am on i just quit school 2 weeks ago so now i have my laptop back fells so good to type again been awhile so my Quotes are by me or A.K.A Some Person so if you that name that's me on my author name check for more quotes coming out cu next time or 2morow cya

shanesfast 1 month, 3 weeks ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... crack em! Then take a break and stare at something other than the computer screen for a few minutes.

user980103 1 month, 3 weeks ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... taking a break when I notice myself starting to break. Slowing down when I'm making too many mistakes.

deethreecay 1 month, 4 weeks ago
Listen to podcast.
Try to type the whole transcript of the podcast while playing it at x0.75 or normal speed.
There you go 100+wpm lol.

user65926 1 month, 4 weeks ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... wait until the pain is completely gone before continuing to type again.

user845297 2 months ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... practicing, and doing it more often and learning the layout of the keyboard more, practicing without looking at the keyboard helps a lot as well, I just trust myself and type away.

dotdashkitty 2 months ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I...stop typing for awhile and watch some gameplay videos of mario teaches typing instead

rachelleg 2 months ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I usually take a break and do some finger exercises to release the tension.

frozeninglass 2 months ago
My tip is to breathe. If I hold my breath while typing my accuracy decreases, not to mention my WPM. Breathe in and out deeply before beginning the test and be sure to breathe throughout the test. Increasing oxygen to the brain makes the whole body function more accurately...including the fingers!