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

dogman5213 1 week, 2 days ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is...my brother he was always here with me and helped me with some combinations and also thought me how to spell constuction so i owe a big big thanks to him

kevint 1 week, 4 days ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to not worry about it. Typing 40 or so words a minute is plenty fast in the modern age.
Seriously, after the invention of the Xerox copy machine, laser printer, and email, there is not many jobs where a person is going to be typing a hundred pages of text a day. Typing is truly is a novelty, and what should be worked on instead of typing ability is being a better communicator.

user314389 1 week, 4 days ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is...accuracy should come first, then speed. If you type correctly, muscle memory will kick in.

jainell 1 week, 5 days ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... short nails, lol. BUT I have decided to grow them longer so my typing has slowed by 10wpm. And I am okay with that.

kevint 2 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to read the words before you type them, Learn to spell. And wear glasses to see the difference between commas and semicolons.

hayley.mills5 2 weeks, 2 days ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to work on my accuracy first and figure out where all of the keys are. Slowly with moore practice you will get faster and faster.

thatazn 2 weeks, 3 days ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I keep pushing to finish my sentence. Then is do a quick hand stretch during a break.

samanthajo09 2 weeks, 4 days ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I keep pushing through the pain! Hahaha just kidding, but in all seriousness, I like to get up and stretch and get my blood flowing.

zacharismo 2 weeks, 5 days ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I work on other life skills. There is after all more to life than typing. Cooking, Physical Fitness, Spiritual Growth, Higher Education ETC.:)

user73504 2 weeks, 6 days ago

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wilsonx1 3 weeks ago
What helped is I kept on doing the same one until I got the keys down. So I started on the f and j keys and went forward from there. So that is what helped me and im only 16 and now i can type about 60 words per minute

micahalvarado 3 weeks ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I stop for a while. I massaged every finger until it gets better and relaxed.

moodyvoody 3 weeks, 5 days ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to learn where all the keys are, and just to be confident with your typing skills. Slow and steady at first wins the race. Slow is steady, steady is fast.

semnyo 3 weeks, 6 days ago
When my wrist starts to hurt after a while of typing, I just flick them and try to suck it up, though this is definitely not professional advice, it's the best thing I can offer, once you type for long periods of time your hands eventually grow that strength with typing related things.

semnyo 3 weeks, 6 days ago
Hilariously, one of the things that helped me start learning how to type is chatting in Roblox at about 12, joining some of the groups that required grammar and then getting Discord which prompted me to just try my best to get the best typing speed that I can possible.

izzytyper 4 weeks ago
HI! I am Isabelle and as you know and see i just posted some GREAT tips for you and how to become a fast typer.If you want to just learn where the keys are on the keyboard then just take it slow it could take some time(That's ok it takes a while).Don't stress over learning fast take breaks from learning every now and then and then go back to it.