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.

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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

ang 3 months, 2 weeks ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... all these wonderful exercises. Each one is individually made. To a person's liking. Whatever they want, from wherever they choose. Each one of these are different.

lenorite 3 months, 2 weeks ago
My goal to type and copy down 100 quotes a day has clearly been(Due to new goals it still, with room for reconsideration, remains) on hiatus. I am now learning to type on the WTF60 keyboard: https://keeb.io/products/wtf60-mirrored-60-keyboard-pcb in order to eventually even out any muscle imbalances that may stem from typing.

user402654 3 months, 2 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to...

Listen to what I posted on my other account.


cosnzaid 3 months, 2 weeks ago
I can't type numbers for the life of me. I need to practice on that, and with using my right pinky more because I always use my ring finger to press the letters that the right pinky should press.

username153928 3 months, 3 weeks ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is typing in various different languages. Nederlands is a good one on this website because it doesn't contain, or at least barely contain diactritics. The thing above the character. ex : (é).

yagoribeirooficial 3 months, 3 weeks ago
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munchkin 4 months ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I like to sit down and wonder, why do I want to be a faster typer. Why on Earth would I set my heart on doing something so mundane that my wrists physically cannot keep up with my dream?

mhdsaeedalsoufi 4 months, 1 week ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is...Is trying to not think about anything while typing, because it is gonna distract u a lot and it will affect ur speed, just keep ur mind focused in the next letter not the past or the task u have to do in the near future...

jodis2480 4 months, 1 week ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on anything i've been working on, I feel like i've done it right, maybe not in the sense of rightness in work, but in my heart i feel at peace because I did the best i could.

jogri 4 months, 2 weeks ago
2023-05-17_ Had a good quick 5 min session today, bumped up my scores a bit so I thought I'd record them before they dip again haha.

Interestingly, my speed is consistently above 80 now, and if I focus on accuracy, I can keep that pretty high too. So my long term goal from before is quite manageable now. Perhaps I should focus on those Monkeytype goals?

Recent speed = 89.37
Recent accuracy = 98.08%

jogri 5 months ago
2023-05-05_ Just updated my mechanical keyboard by lubing all of my coffee chip tactile switches and swapping their springs for double stages like in the neapolitans. Damn do they sound good and feel good. Like thocking thick acrylic nails against marble. Highly recommend.

Recent speed = 85.02
Recent accuracy = 97.31%

jogri 5 months, 1 week ago
2023-04-27_ Just another update after trying to be more consistent the past few weeks on drilling a little bit of typing when I can.

Recent speed = 80.31
Recent accuracy = 94.81%

jogri 6 months ago
2023-04-05_ So I am back on the wagon again now. Practicing regularly, and feeling more confident again. Noticing more regular quotes in the 90+ range. And hovering around the 90-100 wpm mark on typetest when I'm feeling good.

Recent speed = 78.55
Recent accuracy = 97.40%

mimeee 6 months, 1 week ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... sleep zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

tylerswift 6 months, 3 weeks ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I take a break and look at my surroundings. Do some work, a job where I'm paid to work and then get back to increase my speed.

martharose 7 months ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I try to focus on something else. Like listening to music. That always helps me with really anything in life.