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Typing tips, how to make type faster and master the keyboard

1) Accuracy

I had been trying to improve my speed for moths 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 combonations 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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benjaminstubbs1 5 days, 21 hours ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to... don't look at what you're doing, just pay attention at what your typing so you can get through it easily and also practice a lot.

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avalon1675 1 week, 5 days ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is...not that i have yet....perseverance, a willingness to learn and a pat on the back even if i dont do so well!

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user51226 1 week, 5 days ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to... just type it don't matter haow fast you type you must know your letters and then you can type fast.

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speed_kills 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Practice, practice, practice ... and ten some more practice. Try transcribing a video that you like since you'll kill two birds with one stone ... you'll learn something and you'll improve your touch typing speed.

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user51117 2 weeks, 4 days ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I open the door and put them in the the jam and slam the door closed as hard as I can.

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cally 3 weeks, 1 day ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to... live the words you type. Feel them in every keystroke and to remember that should you achieve a fast pace that you keep the pace and do not try to go faster than you can handle.

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syarezatobing 3 weeks, 6 days ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is...

Getting used to typing a comma and a period without looking or moving my hands. (Which strangely I did again writing this so, damn.)

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user50915 1 month ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to focus more on your accuracy than on increasing your speed. Typing faster but inaccurately is not going to help.

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olivia6991 1 month ago
What really helped me improve my typing speed is... typing, typing, typing. The more I typed, the faster I got. Practice really does make perfect; the same is true in correcting errors. :)

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spyros14 1 month ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I...
i rub them up :)
Believe it or not, I made some practice before signing in. I have left from 2007 from UK and this is a great opportunity for me to keep a practice with my writing skills. I am sending you my greetings from Greece, and I hope to meet you again soon, Bye...

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famished 1 month, 1 week ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I usually take a break for a bit then get straight back into it if my fingers are feeling better!

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pursuithappy 1 month, 2 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to learn how to speed read. That way, your brain recognizes the letters and can signal your brain as fast as it possibly can. Best wishes on your journey to your goal of a higher WPA!

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user50448 1 month, 3 weeks ago
When my fingers hurt after too much time on the keyboard, I... take a break and relax for a few minutes then i get back to typing so I can finish what I need to do.

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user50448 1 month, 3 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to make sure that when i type that I constantly over look my sentences to make sure that what i have typed is what I want it to be and I didn't make any mistakes. I not only do this when i type but when I am texting on my phone or other wise.

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user659711 1 month, 3 weeks ago
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tia22 1 month, 3 weeks ago
My tip to improve your typing speed is to try to look at the keyboard less even when your speed may be nothing special. After much practice, your mind and fingers feel in sync. This is because we humans are made smart.

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