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

user76118 3 weeks, 2 days ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is...because it will throw everything off course for you! You'll be sitting at the computer desk confused like "I was doing so well, what the f#ck happened?!?! And that'll make you mad as hell! I know it did me the same way too. That's all. Shall I proceed (Yes Indeed!)

user76118 3 weeks, 2 days ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to... if ya can, read the first sentence of the paragraph thoroughly and then proceed to type. Afterwards, read the second sentence and do the same. Be quick about it tho. Oh yeah, sometimes we emotionally connect with the excerpt or paragraph which helps but don't rely on that too much tho! Familiarize yourself with words that are harder to type with speed like words that are pluralized with ('s) at the end or words with a lot of lettering like (implicitly, superstitiously, dangerously, banana, Capricornious, Mississippi... etc). I'm not tryna get in ya business or nothing but it would be smart to take some time out and pick the longest words this typing site has to offer and write them down and practice them on Microsoft word if you're interested or if you care like that. Don't get to excited if you score higher than usual.

malikwaqar 3 weeks, 5 days ago
I want to make my typing speed above at least 40 wpm, I have been practicing on the key hero for 1.5 years but only gets 42wpms once. Actually, my problem is whenever I punch a key my finger hits in a middle of two keys. That's why it makes a lot of errors, that affects my accuracy and speed. I Became mentally tired and can't pursue this anymore. I use multiple software to improve my typing but at last al results are same. I'm so much heartbroken. Please help me with the best advice for my typing.
Thanks.... :(

fingersoffury 4 weeks, 1 day ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... keep typing.

I figure that if I keep typing while my hands are tired, then that'll force me to learn the hard way how to relax more and flow more smoothly and move more effortlessly. You have to relax when your strength is leaving you. You have to become effortless when you have no more effort to give. You simply have no other option.

yangxue1 1 month ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to practice common words. For example, there are many words that have "tion" endings. When you can get the flow of being able to type that part, you'll type out that ending using pure muscle memory. This concept can be applied to all words essentially.

yangxue1 1 month ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed was surprisingly playing really difficult songs on a game called Flash Flash Revolution. That was the start of it at least...

yangxue1 1 month ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I take a break. It's always good to take a break every 2 hours for about 15 minutes.

fingersoffury 1 month, 1 week ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... changing my methods. People really like to prefer one method over another, but I think constantly switching it up helps to keep you aware of a wider variety of challenges from a greater number of perspectives.

Another thing would be practicing more than you probably think is reasonable. This is my 3rd account on this site and between my first two accounts I did about 7,000 tests. My goal is for my all-time average to be in the 99th percentile. I'm going to do 1,000 tests with this new account and if my all-time average can maintain above 106 (99th percentile for QWERTY users on this site), then I will consider myself finished with typing tests. But I only got here by varying my methods and spending countless hours practicing.

kawara26 1 month, 1 week ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to...
Learn accuracy slowly. If you can type slow, you can type fast. Be looking to the next word as you type the one before it. Return to home row when done.

graydonblackthorne 1 month, 2 weeks ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... Typing. A lot. I learned to touch type at a very young age, and started touch typing when I was (I believe) 8. I played a lot of games, did some coding, and around the age of 12, began practicing.

cacapipi 1 month, 3 weeks ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... Being mad at people on a MMORPG game, having to explain situations and doing some diplomacy stuff. Good times

andrewhope 1 month, 4 weeks ago
Practice makes perfect, the more often you type the faster you get. Also having a good keyboard technique works.

I can't type in traditional query fashion. It hurts my wrists. Normally I'm "hovering" over the keys hence my accuracy is always around 90%. I've recently found a new style for me.

I've recently developed a sort of "dancing" style with my hands, the they're moving around on the keyboard, depending on what I'm typing. Sometimes my right hand does the full stop, sometimes my left-hand does it.

e.s.t.h.e.r___2 1 month, 4 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to...
>Always be determined.
>Never loose hope.
>Always be focused.

llamalland 2 months ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I would get really worried because my setup is really ergonomic. But luckily, they don't.

user74789 2 months ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is...
practice accuracy rater than speed.

I read that the next step would be to hit some combos with the fingers that you should't type them with if it is way faster for instance "tre" typed by placing pointer finger on T an follow with the fingers as they are without moving them until the combo is done.

user74789 2 months ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I...
This never happens as I am using a Realforce 87u variable weight ;)