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How to type faster.
Keyboard warriors unite!
Learn where you are in the levels of wpm, use proper typing positions (or don't), practice on keyboarding websites, learn how to backspace quickly, take care of your wrists.
Your hands spend way more time on your keyboard than you think. Learning how to type fast is a basic skill that almost everyone underestimates in this digital world. Today, we're going to teach you everything you need to know about typing faster.
The keyboard is the only thing between your thoughts and the computer that's in front of you. Being a fast typist means getting your ideas out quicker, being more efficient with your time on the computer, and eventually letting your eyes wander away from the keyboard while you type.
Now if you already know what your rate of words per minute WPM and want to improve, but don't know where to start, then keep reading.
There are five WPM levels and they all need different areas of training. Learning what to practice and how you can practice your typing will let you increase your WPM much quicker.
20 to 50 WPM
For reference, 40 WPM is the world's average typing speed. Anyone who's in this WPM threshold is most likely looking at their keyboard while they type and don't type with all of their fingers. To improve in this category, you'll want to master the keyboard layout and prioritize learning how to type without looking at the keyboard.
How to level up: No-look typing is an essential skill that you need to master before expecting to increase your WPM to the next level.
51 to 70 WPM
70 WPM is the average typing speed for professional typists. This WPM level is more about speed than accuracy. Now that you're familiar with the keyboard enough to type comfortably without looking, ramping up the speed is the next step. You can practice this by quickly typing out one word at a time.
How to level up: Don't think about typing a sentence, but think about typing one word as quickly as you can. Visualize the keyboard and train your fingers to immediately type out one letter after the other in quick succession. You can pause for a second between every word so that you can focus on the keys you're about to press quickly.
71 to 90 WPM
If you can type this fast, then congratulations on typing much faster than most people. To increase your typing speed at this level, you'll need to understand how to read and think differently when you practice typing. Normally, people read a word, type it out, and then continue. Typists who are nearing the 100 WPM holy grail read the next word while typing out the previous one.
How to level up: Essentially, you should be building the confidence to continue reading to the next word even though you're still typing out the previous word. This removes the subtle pause between words where your hands do nothing because your brain is still checking if you typed out the word correctly. At this level, you should already be reading the next word as you type, relying on your confidence that you'll get the word right.
91 to 110 WPM
For those of you who have already made it this far, you're in one of the highest tiers of typing speeds. Typists at this point are either fast but make mistakes, or are slower than they could yet remain accurate.
How to level up: You need to polish either your speed or accuracy to reach past 110 WPM. If you're a fast typist but still make mistakes as you type, try to type at a comfortable pace without any mistakes. Get a perfect score twice at your comfortable pace and then go for a quicker pace while maintaining accuracy on your third try.
On the other hand, if accuracy is your strong point, then you'll need to brute force your way to type faster. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. You'll settle into the pacing and speed without a hitch anyway.
Typists at this level are just monsters. If you're already hitting a steady 120 WPM, you should pat yourself on the back. Typists who still want to improve here can only do so through a couple of ways.
- Continue practicing more and increasing your speed slowly.
- Invest in a better keyboard.
- Make sure your typing posture and position is ideal.
Although a lot of typing enthusiasts will recommend that you type with your left hand on
and right hand on
(also called the "home row" keys)---it's not that simple.
If you're already a fast typist and just want to continue improving, you don't have to change your finger alignment. You can easily hit 100 to 120 WPM on non-conventional finger alignments, and even 130 to 140 WPM if you practice hard enough.
However, for those of you who are still slow and are struggling to hit 50 WPM, then learning the ropes to proper finger alignments will be good for you.
Just keep in mind that typing can be fun. Even if you aren't using the traditional home row, you can still type incredibly quickly. For reference, my left fingers are usually on the
keys and my right fingers stay at
and I type at a comfortable 130 WPM on the monkeytype keyboarding website.
Learning to type fast is a geeky skill that has prompted the online community to create several websites for practice. There are a lot of websites out there, and some differ in their approach to developing your skills. Here are the three main types of practice websites that you can use:
- Pure typing - doesn't require punctuations and capitalizations. You just type word after word in lowercase.
- Sentence typing - involves sentences from books, movies, and song lyrics. These are complete with punctuations and capitalizations.
- Corrective typing - lets you type out jumbled words that don't exist, helping you to correct your typing one letter at a time.
These three types of practice websites have their pros and cons, but it's ultimately up to you. Although learning to type faster is important, it's easier to practice when you think of typing as a game. It's all about pressing buttons accurately and quickly, then a score will show you how well you did at the end.
Here are three standard practice websites that you should try.
If you're a slow typist who looks at the keyboard while typing, then you should start with Keybr . This website offers c orrective typing and will familiarize you with the keyboard on a very basic level. You'll be given a mix of jumbled-up words to type out, emphasizing letters that you have a hard time typing out.
Monkeytype is my personal favorite website. This typing site primarily utilizes p ure typing , so you'll only be typing out lowercase letters without any punctuation and capitalization. The website lets you choose between typing for a set amount of time or a number of words. We recommend alternating between monkeytype and Keybr until you can type without looking at the keyboard---more on that later.
Finally, typeracer is a s entence typing website that not only lets you type out quotes from books, songs, or movies, but also lets you race with other typists. It's a fun website that lets you practice with other players who type at your speed. You can also practice by yourself or race your friends if that's your mojo.
If you're a Mac user, simply pressing Option+Backspace will completely erase an entire word. For you Windows users, the Ctrl+Backspace key combination is your friend.
Learning shortcuts like this will increase your WPM immediately even without practicing too much. Pressing the backspace multiple times just to delete a word takes an extra one or two seconds to do. While that might seem small, those seconds can add up pretty quickly.
Despite it sounding counterproductive to erase a whole word, it's often much quicker to type out a word from scratch than to try and fix it one letter at a time. You'll find these shortcuts extremely helpful the more you use them.
Never underestimate just how much strain your wrists go through when you're typing. For starters, the standard flat keyboard isn't ergonomic at all for your wrists since they have to bend outwards to fit on the keyboard. This is why there's a market for curved ergonomic keyboards that lets you type on a more neutral wrist position. You can find our recommendation for the best ergonomic keyboard in our keyboard buying guide .
However, some ergonomic keyboards can cost quite a bit. If you can't shell out some extra cash, doing a series of quick wrist stretches is more than enough to keep carpal tunnel syndrome at bay.
If you want to keep increasing your speed and efficiency with computers, you may consider taking advantage of the speed reading tools available to you on the internet.
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How to Type Really Fast (100 Words Per Minute or more!)
- by Douglas Wilson
- December 6, 2020 December 6, 2020
If you really want to impress your coworkers who normally slog through the day at a snail’s pace – learn to type faster.
More specifically, at good typing speeds of over 100 words per minute (WPM). They’ll be mystified by watching your fingers seamlessly slide across from one key to another in a mesmerizing dance.
The average touch typist can reach speeds of up to 60 words per minute. Given that most of us spend a long time in front of our computers, 60 wpm or under that is generally very achievable. But if you really want to spice things up, you’ll have to break that 100 WPM barrier. And that isn’t tough at all.
It takes just a little bit of talent, a whole lot of experience, and a ton of practice – but you can get there.
In this blog, we’ll go over 9 tips to help you type faster, and if you’re serious, even surpass the 150 WPM milestone.
1. Learn to Touch Type
This is obviously a no brainer. You have to first memorize the position of each key without having to look down at the keyboard. No cheating! This is relatively easy to accomplish in just a few months by typing on a regular basis. It won’t take long before you’ll establish that all-too-important link between your fingers and the keys through sheer muscle memory.
Pro tip: Use the Home Row Position
The standard QWERTY layout for keyboards has the keys ASDF and JKL; neatly arranged in a straight line. The Home Row Position, as it is often called, is when you rest your fingers on the ASDF and JKL; keys. It’s known as the HOME ROW because your fingers start from these keys and always return back to them. Some keyboards have F and J keys with a raised line on them to aide in finding them without looking down.
The Home Row is meant to familiarize you with the QWERTY layout. It is by no means the only means of getting started. As you become more experienced, you will naturally develop your own unique variations for finger placement that naturally works best for you.
2. Maintaining a Good Posture
When it comes to typing speed, how you sit dictates the posture of your hands and fingers. Posture has a direct implication on your typing speed. A slouched or laidback position (especially if you’re lying on a couch) will impede your typing speed. The best course of action is to sit in an upright position that makes typing easier and faster.
Here are a few tips for an ergonomic posture to maximize your typing speed:
- Place the keyboard just a little under your elbow level (keeping both levels parallel to each other also works).
- Both elbows need to be at an open angle (between the 90 to 110 degree ranges). This will relax your shoulders and forearms.
- The keyboard should be laid out on a flat surface that does not shake or bounce under pressure
- Your wrists should be naturally straight and not flexed.
- Try not to rest your wrists on the desk. This is because it puts a lot of pressure on your hands and cuts off the circulation of blood.
- Plant your feet firmly on the ground (in a flat position)
Note : Some keyboards have little legs at the back end that prop up the keyboard, creating a tilt. This might make it a little easier to access the keys, it isn’t ergonomic because it causes your wrists to make an upward flexed posture. The only time when this tilt works is when you are sitting in a reclined position.
3. Use All 10 Fingers to Type Faster – All Fingers on Deck!
The next step is to learn how to use all 10 fingers to type. If you’re using the Home Row, start by resting your index fingers on the F and J keys. This will allow your other fingers to fall into place naturally. You’ll notice that navigating across from one key to another becomes a walk in the park.
If you are a little confused by this, head on over to websites like Typing Club , where they will take you through each step to familiarize yourself with using all 10 fingers. Some of their exercise only start with 2 in the initial stages, but as you go through their program, you’ll slowly learn how to type faster with all 10 fingers.
4. Using Keyboard Shortcuts
Using keyboard shortcuts is an essential tip that we cannot stress enough. You’ll naturally make several typos as you go along your routine, but having to backpedal with the Backspace button is time consuming. Why spend time pressing the backspace several times to delete a word when you can do so quickly with the Ctrl + Backspace key?
You can also use the Shift + Arrow keys to quickly select and delete an entire sentence.
Some of the most essential keyboard shortcuts for Window users can be found here .
5. Practice Using 10FastFingers, NitroType, and MonkeyType
For those of you who have already learnt touch tying, hop on over to 10FastFingers to start practicing. Below are a few websites that we frequently use to practice our typing speed.
We prefer NitroType because it makes touch typing very competitive with a unique interface you won’t find elsewhere. You’ll be provided with a random passage from an article or a book, you then type it out to move your car in a race with other players or bots. Whoever finishes the passage first, wins. NitroType keeps things interesting by creating new “Seasons” that reward players for completing races with cars, stickers, and other prizes. The entire process is ‘gamified’ and before long, you’ll be hooked to get rewards for completing a new task for the season.
10FastFingers uses a no-nonsense approach to typing by providing users with a simple user interface. It generates a random mish mash of readable words that you have to type in 1 minute (or 60 seconds). At the end of each session, you’ll be shown your score in words per minute. You’ll also be shown a tiny infographic comparing you to their user base.
At 130 WPM, you’ll be in their top 1% of players.
What makes MonkeyType so special is the fully customizable interface. You can change color of the background, play around with the interface, and choose the level of difficulty. If you’re fast enough (150+ words per minute or more), you might just make it into their leaderboard.
Advanced Tips for Typists Who Have Reached 120 WPM
If you’ve managed to reach 120 WPM, pat yourself on the back because there aren’t many people who can do that. However, there is still a lot of room for improvement. At this stage, if you want to further improve your typing speed. Here are some few advanced tips that you should use to reach 150 WPM or even 200 WPM!
6. Read Ahead by At Least Two Words to Type Faster
One of the most important things to maintain the flow at typing speeds of above 120 WPM is to read word by word as opposed to letter by letter. Try to ‘lock’ at least two words in your mind well in advance of reaching them so can fluidly navigate from one word to the next. Before long, you should be able to read 2 to 4 words in advance to reach crazy fast typing seeds of up to 200 WPM.
If you don’t do this, your typing speed will catch up to the word you’re reading and you’ll pause to read the next word. Those precious microseconds you spend processing the next word is time you can’t afford to loose when you want to hit over 10 keys per second.
7. Don’t Use the Same Finger for Two Letters in a Row
If you use the same finger to type to letters in a row, it will slow you down considerably because moving a single finger is slower as opposed to using two fingers for two individual letters. Try it now.
- Use a single finger to hit two individual letters. Time it.
- Now use two fingers to hit two separate letters. Time it.
You’ll notice that option 2 is much, much faster.
8. Optimize Your Unique Typing Style
A cursory glance at the top typists in the world will show that there is no one-size-fits-all rule when it comes to typing style. You need to develop your own typing style that works best for you, eventually, your fingers would adapt to your unique preferences for typing.
9. Bonus Tip: Working Out Before Typing
Working out improves the range of motion in your fingers and makes them more fluid. This is because when you exercise, it releases a fluid known as ‘the synovial fluid’ that lubricates your bones and allows them to move past one another more smoothly. Exercising encourages the circulation of this fluid and helps increase your typing speed. If you do it right, you can add up to 50 WPM to your average typing speed!
A few dumbbell curls (to tire out your biceps, forearms, and triceps) should do the trick.
Douglas is a content marketing specialist leading a team of bloggers and artists at Content Marketing Champ. He has helped many small businesses improve their rank on websites and generate qualified leads to improve cash flow. When he isn’t busy providing blog writing services, Douglas spends his free time watching Netflix and playing video games. You can learn more about him by visiting Content Marketing Champ .
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How to Improve Typing Speed: 11 Tips to Increase WPM
Regardless of what career you choose, you’ll likely need to know how to type. According to Herzing University , the average individual types about 40 words per minute. However, this is significantly less than individuals trained to use the touch-type method who can typically expect to type 75 words per minute or more.
It’s easy to imagine all the benefits of faster typing, such as writing up memos and documents quicker, saving time in your work and personal life, making it easier to take notes during a meeting, and even having a marketable skill. Specific jobs, such as transcription and office work, may have, or expect, a certain typing speed from their employees, so increasing your typing speed can be a marketable skill set to help you get ahead in many ways.
Today, we’re discussing the top 11 tips for how to get better at typing on a keyboard.
11 tips for improving your typing speed
1. test your current typing speed.
If you don’t know your current typing speed, take a few minutes to take one of the many free typing tests online to learn about your wpm. We recommend Typing.com for free typing tests.
Jot this number down and see how it compares to the average typing speed of 40 wpm. From here, you can make a goal for your typing speed.
2. Make your Goal Progress, not Perfection
After you’ve learned your typing speed, set a goal to help you get better at typing.
It’s tempting to want to double or triple your typing speed quickly. However, it’s essential to focus on accuracy above all else before you work on improving your typing speed.
Typing speed will come with practice, but learning to type quickly will not save you time in the long run if your work is error-filled. If your accuracy is low, you’ll need to edit your work extensively, which ultimately won’t save you time or frustration.
Type slowly to avoid making mistakes. Most people don’t need to learn how to type over 100 wpm. For most, 60 to 80 wpm is an excellent typing goal that will help you finish your work faster.
Set your mindset first that accuracy is more important than typing speed and work to improve your typing speed and accuracy simultaneously so that your end results are accurate, fast typing skills.
3. Learn to Touch Type
Learning to touch type is the only way to improve your typing speed significantly.
Touch typing is a typing technique that involves not looking at your keyboard and limiting your overall finger motion by using all ten fingers to type. Instead of typing with only your index fingers, you should be using every finger and keeping your fingers close to the home row of your keyboard when you are touch typing.
Limiting your hand and finger movements will increase your wpm and reduce stress on your hands while you type. We recommend paying special attention to your little fingers and ring fingers as these fingers are frequently underused when typing, which can lead to unnecessary stress on your thumbs and index fingers and limited reach while you’re typing.
4. Learn the Proper Typing Home Row Position
The middle of your keyboard is called the “home row” for touch typing because you should always start typing from these keys and continue to return to them as you type.
Start by learning the proper finger placement for touch typing by learning the home row of your keyboard. Rest your fingers in a curved position and place them on the ASDF and JKL keys in the middle row of your keyboard.
Most keyboards will also have a raised bump or line on the “F” and “J” keys, where your index fingers should rest, to help your fingers find your way back to these keys through touch, without looking. If your keyboard doesn’t have this feature, consider purchasing a keyboard or installing a keyboard bump on these keys to help you learn proper and quick typing.
5. Practice Proper Posture
Having proper sitting posture while typing is not only better for your wrists and body, but you’ll be able to reach faster typing speeds too.
Here are the most recommended tips for proper typing posture:
Sit straight in a comfortable chair with your back straight and upright. Place your feet flat on the floor to keep your lower body supported. Avoid crossing your legs or ankles as this can compromise your posture.
Face your monitor with your head at a slight downward tilt.
Make sure that your eyes and screen are separated by 17 to 27 inches to reduce eyestrain.
Keep your body and shoulders relaxed and comfortable while you type. If you are unsure if your shoulders are relaxed, take a slow, deep breath while sitting at your desk. When you breathe out, your shoulders will fall to their relaxed, natural position, which is where you should work to keep them while you’re typing.
Your wrists should not touch the tabletop or laptop keyboard while you type. Not only does this limit your typing mobility, but it can strain your wrists. Make sure that you never put your body’s weight on your wrists if they are resting on the keyboard, as this can cause strain or injury.
While typing, your elbows should remain close to your side. Keep your elbows tucked into your side while typing to create the ideal typing environment.
6. Don’t Look at Your Keyboard
One of the keys to learning quick touch typing is not looking at your keyboard and keeping your eyes on the computer screen. We know it’s tempting to look at your fingers while you type, especially if you are just starting to learn touch typing, but this will significantly slow your typing down.
If you are trying to learn to type faster so that you can write based on notes or an email you have pulled up, you’ll also have to pause your typing to read your notes before going back to typing. This will significantly hinder your typing speed.
If you find yourself looking at your keyboard while typing, tape a piece of paper over your hands so you can’t look at the keyboard while you practice typing. You can also purchase blank keys or a keyboard cover so you can’t see the letters and numbers on your keyboard while practicing.
Remind yourself that you need to rely on your touch typing skills and abilities rather than looking at the keyboard. While it may be difficult to avoid looking at first, it will benefit your typing speed greatly in the long run.
7. Practice Typing Regularly
If you’re new to typing or slow at it, it may feel uncomfortable at first. However, it’s crucial that you put in regular time to practice typing to improve your typing speed and accuracy.
Your fingers may feel stiff and awkward when typing at first, but before you know it, you’ll be typing away with ease without a second thought.
To practice typing regularly, we recommend the following practices:
Take online typing tests regularly to test your typing accuracy and speed.
Be deliberate and slow when typing. It’s more important to learn accuracy and proper touch typing than it is to type quickly but have your work be filled with mistakes.
Practice typing with touch typing software and games. Many free and paid typing software and games will make learning to type more enjoyable while they track your accuracy and speed. We recommend Typing.com , Typingtest.com , and Typingpal.com for free typing practice.
Consider signing up for a typing class. Typing courses are less common nowadays because many children learn typing from a young age. However, typing classes may still be offered at a local community college or continuing education class near you. Online programs are also available to learn how to improve your typing speed if you can’t find any in-person options.
Set a specific goal and time for your typing practice. Dedicate at least 10 minutes a day to typing and record your typing speed at least once a week to track your progress. Give yourself an incentive for reaching your goal, such as a delicious treat from a local bakery or a new gaming app to play on.
Practice typing “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” This short English phrase contains every letter of the alphabet so that you can practice touch typing every single letter in the alphabet, even less used letters like “z” or “v.”
8. Optimize Your Setup
If you are struggling to keep your back supported or feel uncomfortable while typing, this may be due to your current desk setup. Consider the following guidelines when choosing or adjusting your setup for optimal typing.
Start by making sure that your back is comfortably supported. Pick a chair that supports your back comfortably, preferably one with a curved backrest that will support your spine’s natural curve. If your lower back is hurting, consider adding a small cushion at the bottom of the chair’s backrest or choosing a chair with a cushion built in that area.
Avoid reclining back in your chair to take pressure off your back. While this may feel nice initially, it can strain your neck and shoulders. Try moving your chair closer to your desk to avoid this strain and reduce the temptation to lean back in your chair.
Consider a chair with adjustable armrests if you struggle to keep your elbows comfortably close to your sides while typing. Adjust the armrests so that you can rest your elbows and arms on the chair arms while you are typing for the best setup.
If you struggle with keeping your feet flat on the ground while typing, consider purchasing an ergonomic footrest to help you keep your feet in place for improved posture. Alternatively, you can adjust your chair’s seat so that your feet can comfortably reach the floor.
Avoid keyboards and keyboard trays with wrist trays. While it’s okay to lightly rest your wrists on the table or keyboard while typing, you should never rest your body’s weight on your wrists and lay them heavily on the keyboard wrist tray. Wrist trays are only made for temporary breaks between typing and should be avoided while you’re typing as they can lead to additional strain and discomfort.
Lastly, make sure that your keyboard is at the right level. Most people have their keyboard higher than they need to have it. Ideally, your keyboard should be just above lap level. This position allows you to keep your arms and elbows at a 90-degree angle, which is ideal for faster typing and reducing strain on your wrists and arms. If this isn’t possible with your current set-up, consider purchasing an adjustable keyboard and mouse tray that can be attached to your table or desk to adjust the keyboard to an optimal height. Otherwise, see if you can adjust the height of your chair so that your keyboard is above your lap.
If your shoulder, back, wrist, neck, or fingers are stiff, this will slow down your typing speed.
You won’t be able to hit over 50 wpm if your fingers, wrist, or body are stiff when you’re sitting at your desk. Incorporate regular stretching exercises into your day-to-day routine to improve your flexibility and reduce stiffness.
Wrist rotations, “claw” hands, finger stretches, and raised fist stretches are great exercises to incorporate into your routine to maximize your hand’s flexibility and reduce discomfort.
Always consult with your doctor before incorporating new exercises or stretches into your routine.
10. Take Regular Breaks
If you are new to typing or using all your fingers while typing, you may experience some discomfort at first. Be gentle with yourself and take frequent breaks to avoid straining your hands. Over time, you’ll develop stronger and more flexible muscles, and you won’t need to take as many breaks.
If you feel that you are getting frustrated or distracted during your practice session, stop and take a five-minute break. Slow but accurate progress towards your typing goal is much better than sloppy, frustrating progress. It’s much more effective to return to your typing practice when you feel well-rested and clear-headed.
Use finger exercises after long typing sessions to continue strengthening your fingers and avoid achiness.
11. Use Notta Voice Input
If your wrists are getting tired, you need a break from typing, or you’re looking for a quick way to record notes, Notta Voice is a great option.
Notta is a speech-to-text application that takes audio files, including live voice recordings, and transcribes them into easy-to-read notes. Your notes can also be transcribed into 104 languages, making it a versatile and efficient tool for sharing your notes with others.
As an alternative to writing down your thoughts or drafting a memo, you can use Notta Voice Input and speak into your computer’s microphone. Then, Notta will transcribe what you say into notes for you. From there, you can easily export the text file into multiple formats, listen to the audio replay, and export the text into Notion.
Humans can speak faster than they can type, so Notta Voice can save you time and frustration. Your recordings and transcripts are also automatically synced across all your devices, from your computer to your phone to your tablet.
You can also use Notta to transcribe audio recordings of your video call meetings so that you’re not scrambling to take notes during the meeting. For more information, read our piece on how to transcribe a video call, like Zoom, using Notta.
Transcription can save you time and energy and give your hands a break during the day while providing you with valuable notes to reference later on.
Improving your typing skills can benefit you in many ways, from giving you an advantage over other job applicants, saving you time writing memos or emails, providing you with a wider job scope like transcriptionist , closed captioning and taking notes during a meeting. While you practice typing, don’t forget that you can use other time-saving tools to help with some of these situations.
Transcription tools, like Notta, can save you time by transcribing audio recordings or transcribing video calls live, which saves you from needing to type notes during the meeting. You can also use Notta Voice Input to transcribe your own voice as you speak so that you don’t have to type your thoughts for that email or memo.
Even if you are a speedy typist, transcription and voice tools can be a great way to save yourself time and energy throughout your busy workday.
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Do you want to type faster? The average typing speed is around 40 WPM, but more productive typists can average around 70 WPM. There's no special secret to fast typing, and anyone can become a fast typist with patience and dedication. While it's not complicated, it does require correct posture and finger positioning. This wikiHow article gives you some tips and tricks to typing faster.
Things You Should Know
- Sit with your feet flat on the floor and your monitor level with your eyes. Don't slouch!
- Arch your fingers over the keys. Know that smaller movements are faster than bigger movements.
- There are plenty of free resources like typing games and tests online for you to practice with. Practice at least 10 minutes a day.
- Practice memorizing the positions of the letter keys and common punctuation marks. You need to know their location without looking down if you want to become a fast typist. However, some of this knowledge comes from time as you continuously type without looking at the keyboard.
- Your left index finger rests on the letter F and hits the characters: F, C, V, G, T, and 6.
- Your left middle finger rests on the letter D and hits the characters: D, R, 5, and X.
- Your left ring finger rests on the letter S and hits the characters: Z, E, 4, and 3.
- Your left pinkie rests on the letter A and hits the characters: A, \, Caps Lock, 2, 1, W, Q, Tab, Shift, and Ctrl.
- Your right index finger rests on the letter J and hits the characters: 6, 7, U, J, N, M, H, Y, and B.
- Your right middle finger rests on the letter K and hits the characters: K, I, 8, and the comma key.
- Your right ring finger rests on the letter L and hits the characters: L, the full stop key, O, and 9.
- Your right pinkie finger rests on the semi-colon (;) key and hits the characters: semi-colon, P, /, 0, ', -, =, [, ], #, Shift, Enter, Backspace, and the Ctrl key.
- Your left and right thumb rests on and presses the space bar.
- Most office chairs are adjustable. Tinker with your setup until you find the right seat height.
- Your elbows should not touch the desk, but should instead be by your side and bent at a right angle.
- Have a score as a benchmark to help you measure your progress over time. You want this number to be higher the longer you practice touch typing.
- Sometimes, you will see your score presented as WAM (words a minute) rather than WPM. These terms have no difference.
- Remember, a consistent time frame is best when gauging WPM. Typing for more or less time can change your WPM, so be consistent with the test you choose each time you check your progress.
- A few are https://www.keybr.com/ , https://www.typing.academy/ , and https://www.turtlediary.com/typing-tutorials.html .
- Stick with it and do not look at your hands. Not looking at your hands will teach your fingers where the keys are through repetition. If you cannot look away from the keyboard, type with a light cloth such as a hand towel draped over your hands.
- You might find you are slower than at the start, but stick with it. Once you touch type, you will reach much higher speeds than with your original technique.  X Research source
- Set aside ten minutes a day when you can type without stopping. Soon you will notice you make fewer and fewer errors each time.  X Research source
- Practice with dictation when you can't get online. If you do not know what to type or can't access an online resource, one good way to practice is by listening to something and typing it out as you go. There is no end to what you can type, and this can be a great way to make practice engaging. Try listening to something that interests you. eBooks, lectures online, and radio talk shows are all good options.
- A TV show also works! Be imaginative and try to make practice enjoyable.
- You'll have to pay for these programs if you decide the free courses aren't helping you enough.
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- Keep at it. It takes practice to become a fast typist. Thanks Helpful 1 Not Helpful 0
- Keep your eyes on the text when typing, even if the text is not on screen. Learn to trust your fingers to hit the right keys. Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 1
- Remember where all the letters are so that you do not have to stare at the keyboard and slow down. Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
- Take regular breaks and stretch your arms, wrists, and fingers. Thanks Helpful 2 Not Helpful 1
- Poor typing posture can cause a repetitive strain injury (RSI). This harms your muscles. Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
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- ↑ Luigi Oppido. Computer & Tech Specialist. Expert Interview. 31 July 2019.
- ↑ http://www.how-to-type.com/touch-typing-lessons/how-to-type-home-keys/
- ↑ http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/faster-keyboard-typing/
- ↑ http://www.ratatype.com/learn/
- ↑ http://www.daskeyboard.com/blog/how-to-type-faster/
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Every time you look at the keyboard or make a mistake, you move your attention away from what you really want to do. wouldn't it be nice if you could type as fast as you can think this site is helping you do that., here are some articles about the topic:.
What I'm trying to say is this: speed matters. When you're a fast, efficient typist, you spend less time between thinking that thought and expressing it in code. Which means, if you're me at least, that you might actually get some of your ideas committed to screen before you completely lose your train of thought. Again.
I can't understand why professional programmers out there allow themselves to have a career without teaching themselves to type. It doesn't make any sense. It's like being, I dunno, an actor without knowing how to put your clothes on.
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As you can imagine, one of our passions here at Das Keyboard is for really fast typing. We love that Das Keyboard has helped so many people to improve the speed and accuracy of their typing skills and we’re always looking for ways to help more. I came across a great post by David Turnbull with his 9 tips for How to Type 100+ Words Per Minute . These are quoted directly from his site :
- Feel the location of keys. If you can’t feel the location of keys whilst typing slowly then you won’t be able to type fast. Close your eyes and try to type out your full name. Go as slow as you need to. Repeat this exercise until you can identify every key by touch. Touch typing is the foundation of speed.
- Switch to DVORAK. Like most people I use the QWERTY keyboard setup, but this setup is actually designed to slow down typing (it goes back to the days of typewriters). DVORAK is meant to be the fastest keyboard layout to use and if you’re serious about typing fast you should definitely look into it. Some people claim making the switch doesn’t make a huge difference, but at the very least your fingers will be moving less and therefore less likely to strain.
- Use the DAS Keyboard Ultimate . Whilst it’s not available as a DVORAK keyboard, this is still a pretty nice looking piece of hardware. It claims to be the best keyboard for typing, which is obviously debatable, but the cool thing is, the keys aren’t labelled. They’re all just flat, black surfaces. This means you’re forced to memorise the location of keys.
- Play the piano. One of the first instruments I learned to play was the piano. I was never particularly brilliant at it, but the skills required are similar to that of typing on a computer keyboard: speed, accuracy and finding the location of keys. Sure, the most “pure” type of practice will be with a computer keyboard, but playing the piano will less likely induce boredom.
- Have something to type. The only times I type slowly are when I’m trying to tackle writer’s block. It’s my brain that’s moving slowly, not my fingers. Have something clear in your mind that you want to type before trying to clear 100+ words per minute.
- Beware of traditional typing tests. Tests that determine your typing speed have a major flaw: they require you to read. I’m certainly no speed reader, but I’m not slow either, yet it still takes me a second to “process” the sentences I read in a typing test, and then I have to regurgitate them on the keyboard.
- Typing tests 2.0. Back in high school, we’d occasionally be in the library where our teacher would dictate information we had to type into a Word document. I found this to be the best typing test available. There’s little thought required and, unlike in a traditional typing test, your thoughts aren’t jumping ahead to the words you have to write in the future (because you don’t know what they are). It’s a very “in the moment” test of typing speed.
- Practice with substance. Don’t try to improve your typing speed by typing out some lame sentence over and over again. Start a blog or novel that makes typing both interesting and engaging. There’s no single moment where I thought “wow, I can type fast!” I was simply always typing something that I found interesting and my speed progressed naturally.
- You don’t need to follow conventions. In primary school there was a chart on the wall that displayed where you should place your fingers on the keyboard. I ignored it. Whilst I’m sure these diagrams have value, I feel it’s best to just do what feels natural. If typing doesn’t feel natural for you at all then maybe use these types of diagrams as a starting point, but don’t feel constricted by them.
Thanks to David for his tips above. I was, or course, both appreciative and honored that Das Keyboard made it in as number 3. But this also got me thinking; how many other tips are out there for improving your typing speed? So I wanted to ask you; what tips or tricks have you learned and/or used to increase your typing speed? Have you been able to get it over 100 WPM?
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The average typing speed is around 40 words per minute (wpm). If you want to be very productive, you should aim for a typing speed of 65 to 70 words per minute. It’s easy with the right technique!
How do you type faster?
To type faster, you need to learn how to position yourself correctly, use all your fingers, hit the right keys without looking and avoid making mistakes. If you haven’t mastered any one of these things, you will benefit from a typing training program.
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How to Improve Your Typing Speed
Take a deep breath, relax your fingers, and take it slow. You need to be focused and not annoyed when attempting the typing speed test. The best thing you can do to start typing faster is to type more. The more practice you get under your belt, the faster your ‘typing-fu’ will be. It’s all about developing muscle memory. Just make sure you are reinforcing good habits and not ones that will leave your fingers hurting after an intense typing session.
What Is the Best 10-Finger Typing Layout?
Of course, you should use ten fingers for typing, but you can start with a layout that’s the most comfortable for you. The small bumps on the F and J keys will help your fingers locate the correct position without looking. This setup should give you a full range of motion. The more you type, the faster you will get. There are a few alternative layouts that propose a more ergonomic approach to typing. You could also take the big leap and try out the Dvorak keyboard, but that’s a different story.
Who Invented the Qwerty Keyboard?
The QWERTY keyboard was invented in 1868 by Christopher Latham Sholes. He also designed the first successful typewriter. The order of the keys was decided by listing the most common letter combinations and making sure that they were not placed next to each other. He did this to avoid problems that often happened when two neighboring keys were pressed consecutively. The QWERTY keyboard is used to this day and is the most widely used keyboard available.
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What is the WPM typing test? There are different types of tests for typing. This one is a typing test that expresses your typing skills in words per minute. The more you practice typing, and the more you test your typing speed, the higher your WPM score will be. Some online typing tests and typing test games focus only on WPM typing. The disadvantage of the WPM typing test is that you are only learning how to type fast. WPM typing tests do not show your accuracy.
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Practice typing as much as you can. Type a lot, type tests, and practice typing tests. Improve your words per minute typing results, and test your typing speed often. Our typing speed test will keep track of all typing tests that you’ve taken in the past so you will be able to see the improvements over time. You will be able to see how your speed typing has changed. If you can do a five-minute typing test every day, your typing skills will increase dramatically.
How Are the Words From the Test Chosen?
We’ve decided to use the 1,000 most common words in the English language. Additionally, we wanted to include words that you can find in our blog articles. You can think of it as a touch of LiveChat’s flavor to make the typing test a bit more interesting. This free typing speed test focuses on typing itself, so words appear randomly. Reading full sentences may influence your typing speed.
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Why Is Typing Speed Important to Everyone?
The faster you type, the faster you will be able to communicate with others. You will be able to save a ton of time on any kind of work that requires typing. At first, it will be a couple of extra minutes that you won’t really notice. Over time, the minutes will turn into hours of saved time that you can spend on other activities.
What Is the Average Typing Speed?
The average person types between 38 and 40 words per minute (WPM). That translates into between 190 and 200 characters per minute (CPM). However, professional typists type a lot faster, averaging between 65 and 75 WPM.
What Is CPM and How Can You Calculate It?
The CPM stands for the number of characters you type per minute, including all the mistakes. “Corrected” scores count only correctly typed words. WPM is just the corrected CPM divided by five. This is the de facto international standard.
How Many Words per Minute Is a Good Score?
An average professional typist usually types around 65 to 75 WPM. More advanced positions require 80 to 95 (this is typically the minimum required for dispatch positions and other time-sensitive typing jobs). There are also some advanced typists whose work requires speeds above 120 WPM.
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