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

marktheguy1709 4 weeks ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is just practice and time. It's all you need to do anything in life, really. Just put in some elbow grease and you'll succeed.

relmeka 1 month ago
Get more than 4 hours of sleep and don't listen to news radio while typing (especially without a full night's sleep). A full night's rest, whatever that may be for you (8 hours is the average), and a quiet place with few to zero distractions will help improve your average speed and accuracy score. Sugar is your enemy. Limit caffeine. Fasting tends to generate the best results (based on my experience) but I am used to intermittent fasting. Do some research on IF first. Also, make note of any medications you're taking (sedative effects, etc), or if you're sick/injured/emotionally disturbed. These will +/- affect your focus and coordination- e.g. anger may actually improve your score. I keep a notepad next to me and jot down things I think may be influencing my typing aptitude. If you're serious about improving your speed and accuracy for testing etc. keeping a notebook or journal can help.

therobotcluster 1 month ago
I'm looking to keep pushing myself until my "All time speed" is at least 105 WPM because that will put me in the 99th percentile for QWERTY keyboard users.

afr0cat 1 month ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to not focus on speed but instead focus on accuracy so that way you don't have to go back and delete. That deletion is what really takes up a lot of time.

jeannealter 1 month, 1 week ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to...
Keep typing the keyboard. Example is to play PC game that uses keyboard as a main tool to move.

kareem92 1 month, 1 week ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... practice with this website. It's a fun exercise to do every day, and I even got my friends competing with me for fun! So far, I've beaten all of them, even my teachers!

aroobachoudary 1 month, 1 week ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I still go with my peek speed for what I want to achieve it is necessary to keep pushing myself hard for what I am trying is very important for me to push hard I a do it for it.

user483494 1 month, 1 week ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I...

Push through the pain. I'm only here for the finger muscle gainz, yo.

hartseer 1 month, 2 weeks ago
I need to work on accuracy! I'm still quite new to touch typing, but I've been so concerned with speed that I've sacrificed accuracy.

justinsterger 1 month, 3 weeks ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... focusing on accuracy since it will help your speed when you don't need to back space all the time when you make an error. Find a steady pace and work from there and speed will come naturally when your accuracy becomes better. Shoot for 95%+ accuracy and you will improve.

markthespark458 1 month, 3 weeks ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... Accuracy and Patience, you don't need to be fast, you will gain fast after you learned how to type very accurate. Because if you are accurate, you won't come back and erase the letters you typed wrong and if you are not accurate and if you just focus on speed, you will keep on coming back deleting the wrong letters you typed in that slows down your speed

killer20201 1 month, 3 weeks ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... type for hours. When I do my homework for school my hands hurt from typing my papers.

justinb 1 month, 3 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to type your name over and over. After that type any word that comes to your mind over and over. If you keep it up you will know a lot of words and suddenly you will find your typing speed shot up.

nelapus 1 month, 3 weeks ago
I Find it easier looking at the keyboard so that i am certain of wich letter i am hitting such as the letter 'b' but when i look away i second guess myself, and end up getting it wrong. i know what your thinking, "DONT LOOK ITS CHEATING" first of all i only look when i have a brain freeze or im getting it wrong a bunch of times, second, its not cheating looking helps me remember, i am a visual person. so eat it! XD now im just practicing typing... hehehehehhe.... bloop

markthespark458 1 month, 3 weeks ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I...

First of all, I go to Youtube and then go here again. You know, it is always just a go and rest, don't take it straight, of course, you need to take a rest or your fingers will be tired and will hurt. That's all my advice.

markthespark458 1 month, 3 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to...

Always start slow, try not to look on your keyboard, and try to familiarize them. It's better to familiarize than to memorize. Remember, when practicing, do not go fast at first, then just slowly increase your speed when you are familiar with your keyboard. Also, make sure that you are in your right seating position and the right position of your finger on your keyboard. After some time, you will be a fast typist and you will even delete all the error markings.