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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slothfulcurve32 2 months, 1 week ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... eat a taco from taco bell

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user653174 2 months, 1 week ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to type utilizing the home row keys. Don't use single fingers in typing because it is inefficient and you are prone to making mistakes.

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uraniumx92 2 months, 1 week ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to keep on practicing . and as cliche as it may sound. you gotta focus on your accuracy rather than focusing on speed and messing up your accuracy.
You keep typing accurately. and you'll notice how your speed will get better.
One more thing is that you gotta understand that the progress is not linear in typing. some days you'll be slow. some days you'll type faster than your normal. then again you'll become slow.
So, don't worry if you see such highs and lows in your progress. eventually your speed is going to improve if you just do the 2 things i mentioned above.
1. Keep practicing
2. Focus on accuracy

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hannibal44 2 months, 1 week ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I stop using my computer for the rest of the day. It's like writing. You don't want to get carpal tunnel because you've been typing so much!

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localbisexual 2 months, 1 week ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to don't get too far ahead of yourself. Go word for word, learn the placement of each letter and learn to type them without rushing it.

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fiddledy_rick 2 months, 1 week ago
My typing history and speeds:
Age: ________Average speed WPM:
0-13 ________20 ish,
13-15 ________20-50
16-18 ________50-120
18-20 ________120-140,
I guess the practice really started from playing GTA and applying cheats lol. But as mentioned in my profile the true inspiration for typing came from a geography teacher in high school who, despite only teaching me for half a year, made such an impact to me as an individual. He gave me confidence and definitely made me make some changes to myself for the better and told the students how important and useful typing is. Just goes to show the importance of good teachers and their effects on people. It never occurred to me how he had such a great influence on me until a year or two ago. Wish someday that I'll go back to thank him for making quite a significant impact on my life.

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breezy12405 2 months, 2 weeks ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is to remember which keys are in which part of the keyboard and to practice. One of my favorite things to type is "The cat in the hat", just so I know where Im at.

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frogyishome 2 months, 2 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to... type with both hands, and all your fingers, it sounds obvious but there was a time when a lot of us didn't type with our whole two hands. And we just typed with like three fingers on each hand.

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catboardbeta 2 months, 3 weeks ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is eatin' lots of pasta. All the pasta. Eat that pasta. Eat it up. Let that pasta flow down your throat. Feel it, feel it flow in it's avocado oil juices.

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gumbycats101 2 months, 3 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to...

type like your life depends on it
or like you have an essay due at 12 and its 11:59

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ankursharma87 3 months, 1 week ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to... don't look at the keyboard and read the next word to type so as to give more time to the brain to understand and be ready to type the word.

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okeydav 3 months, 1 week ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is...being addicted to typing, why do I even do it? I don't even really need to learn 2 type fast, somebody help

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bry 3 months, 2 weeks ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I take a break. You can prevent aching fingers by stretching your hands frequently.

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billie_thighlish 3 months, 3 weeks ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed was doing it all the time. Whenever I was bored all I would do was type, and I got so much faster.

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war-gear2004 3 months, 3 weeks ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I try out different resting positions for my hands. It sometimes helps to find a new resting position that won't give my wrists carpal tunnel.

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sheinmel_c00ner 3 months, 4 weeks ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... touch typing! I relied on my fingers to find the keys and I glued my eyes to the screen.

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