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

joyleavitt25 1 day, 7 hours ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, this typing practice helps me a lot. From 35 WPM to 45WPM in just few months

jaybraham 6 days, 17 hours ago
Someday, I hope to come across one of my own quotes. Wouldn't it be nice to type something you've written yourself? I imagine the swell of self-fulfillment rising in my chest, the ease, and dignity with which I'd flow through the passage, never making a mistake, never looking back.

feuv 1 week, 1 day ago
Thank you <3
I just feel like that despite typing a lot, I'm seeing very little improvement over the last few months... people do say that it's kind of hard to break 120 wpm consistently though
Also wow I see you a lot on quote leaderboards :P

jogri 1 week, 2 days ago
2022-09-16_ No real improvements today. But I am noticing that I am having trouble with 'p's and 'o's at the moment. My right pinky finger can't be trusted. Also when I need to make a large movement with one hand. Finding my orientation and place again is not as seamless as I would like.

Recent speed = 48.66
Recent accuracy = 96.72%

jogri 1 week, 4 days ago
2022-09-14_ Another day, another session. And more accuracy from this new typing method. Today it has felt like even my worst quotes were only at the accuracy of my old average. Perhaps I just got easy quotes today though.

Recent speed = 52.99
Recent accuracy = 97.72%

jogri 2 weeks, 2 days ago
2022-09-09_ So now I've modified my form again. Choosing to try proper form for all of my finger placement and letter strikes. Paying attention to hitting each letter with the ideal finger, e.g. q,a,z with left pinky. x with ring, c with middle, u with index, and 0, p, -, and / with right pinky. Also trying to hit spacebar with my right thumb. And optimizing shift presses for each hand.
My speed is going to tank again, but I think my accuracy might actually improve now that finger placement should be more consistent.

just11n 2 weeks, 5 days ago
What really helped me improved my typing speed is...Well, I really don't know. I practice all the time but only broke the 70 wpm threshold a number of times. It was, to the point, that I thought I was an average 70 wpm typist. I am not. I am still stuck at 60.

cpgparm 2 weeks, 6 days ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I...take 20 mins of break. and I look at the object 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

gabrielleferia1 3 weeks, 5 days ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is...
typing whole words instead of thinking of the letters individually. And also, patience and practice.

demma 1 month ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to... relax. Try not to think to hard about where the specific letters are. Let it come to you through muscle memory.

yosafatyeo 1 month ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is the many quotes, and emphasis on accuracy otherwise, your speed will dramatically decrease. It really makes you want to achieve a high score with high accuracy too.

jogri 1 month ago
2022-08-23_ More practice, just getting slowly better. Quite linearly actually which is strange. Interestingly, most times when I casually type on the keyboard while going about my day, I'm still defaulting to index finger on spacebar duty. Let's see if I can't change that.

Recent speed = 68.60
Recent accuracy = 95.20%

jogri 1 month, 1 week ago
2022-08-17_ We still climbing. Recently been practicing a bit on my normal keyboard and my laptop keyboard. Split keyboard can go live in a hole for now.

Recent speed = 60.78
Recent accuracy = 94.56%

jogri 1 month, 1 week ago
2022-08-14_ Still progressing with my new typing style. Using more of my pinky fingers and left thumb spacebar. Still doesn't feel as natural as pressing space with my right index but we're getting there. Giving up on the split keyboard but keeping the good habits.

Recent speed = 59.14
Recent accuracy = 93.20%

user821553 1 month, 2 weeks ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is focusing more on accuracy. The more I type correctly, it builds up my "muscle memory" to the point that I don't have to look at my fingers to make sure they are properly placed! That in turn helps my SPEED!

appa_ji_ 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Very big Thank you from my side …..
i don’t even come to know how i improve my typing speed from average of about 20 to nowadays i able to struck about 45 (mostly i type between 35-45)..i know its not superfast its kind of slow but i never imagined myself i could type without looking at keyboard…but now i am typing with a speed of about 35-45 wpm…thanks once again…