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

ze_or 2 weeks, 4 days ago
A good way to get faster is new learn layout(because qwerty sucks), learn touch typing, and after that just constant practice. Maybe practice typing awkword words and strings of characters.

itsathrashthing 2 weeks, 4 days ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... using mechanical keyboards and being passionate about typing faster than the average person!

dark_phantom 2 weeks, 5 days ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... stay determined and keep my fingers on the keyboard to make sure I know I'm making an improvement. Remember, no pain no gain.

coco223 3 weeks, 1 day ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is not looking down while typing and sometime i force myself to slow down so i can process the words more and then again start typing at my original pace.

adrianman 3 weeks, 3 days ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... coming back to the typing tests over and over again. Also. relaxing my mind and just feel the keycaps of my sweet Leopold FC980c keyboard, on which I spend an amount of cash my wife would go crazy if she would find out ...

user60384 3 weeks, 3 days ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is typing in rhythm. Each key typed with the same amount of space in between each other. When you speed up, the time varies, but when you concentrate on accuracy it helps to tell you which keys you are unfamiliar with.

user62515 3 weeks, 3 days ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is playing piano and doing typing/scale exercises when I was in high school (repetitive for finger strength). I - and this is probably bad - crack my knuckles, stretch out my fingers, warm them up, wiggle them around.

user62515 3 weeks, 3 days ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to only look at the screen. Try not to correct too many simple mistakes if you don't need to or if they are too far back. Get quick at "delete."

thetunafish 3 weeks, 5 days ago
Type out a few paragraphs... note the letters that you are slow writing or often make mistakes with, and DRILL those letters. When speaking of teams the saying goes ¨We are only as strong as our weakest link¨. Well, I am here to tell you the same concept applies to typing. You are only as fast as your slowest letter.

theodorebennett 3 weeks, 6 days ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to make as few mistakes as possible, even if you have to slow down to get a word correct. Pressing the backspace key is not only slow, it is distracting, tiring, and stressful. These are all factors that slow my overall speed down tremendously.

sashraan 4 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to make sure that you slow down when you feel you are about to mistakenly type a word.

Slowing down by half a second per word to give yourself the time to think and prevent writing errors is much faster.

Blazing through, realizing you've mistakenly typed a word, backspacing on average 5 to 6 times to correct it, thus moving your fingers from your natural typing position, only leads to more errors, more time spend fixing those errors and a generally slower typing speed.

user469004 4 weeks, 1 day ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to...Take your time, mistakes will happen but can be corrected. Don't put yourself down for a few mistakes.

typingenthusiast 4 weeks, 1 day ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is improving accuracy and not being demotivated when there is a dip in speed. Every dip is followed by a peak and every peak is eventually followed by another dip.

nmschnep 1 month ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I...
Rate the quote, check my overall averages, or do something else on my computer that doesn't require as much sustained typing.

vanyan 1 month ago
When your finger is hurt or injuried your typing speed will reduced. Let it healed properly. Keep good posture even if it is not comfortable to type when you injuried. As it healed your speed will increase

pockettwafle 1 month ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to learn proper 10-finger touch typing form. The hunt-and-peck method can only go so far, whereas 10 fingers can blaze through text at any speed.