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How to Improve Typing Speed

Improve typing speedWondering how to improve typing speed? There are many quick tips that can be applied to quickly improve typing speed. Be sure to take the free typing test before and after you apply the tips below to see if they help you learn how to type fast.

1. Use the touch method rather than the two-finger approach.
This may not initially increase your typing speed, but in the long run it's the best way to improve typing speed. The touch method of typing relies on memorization of key placement, whereas the two-finger, or hunt and peck, approach relies on sight. (Check out the Typing Methods article for a more detailed explanation of these two typing methods.) Transitioning from the two-finger approach to the touch method isn't a quick fix to improve typing speed, but it will greatly increase your speed in the long run.

If you want to start using the touch method, begin by placing your fingers on the "home" row (the middle row of the 3 rows of letters on the keyboard). The 4 fingers on your right hand should cover the a, s, d, and f keys. The 4 fingers on your left hand should cover the j, k, l, and ; keys. Both your thumbs should rest on the space bar. When you press a key, use the finger closest to that key and then return your finger to its home row position so it's ready for quick and easy access next time. As first, you'll find yourself visually hunting for each of the keys as you did before, but be sure to leave your fingers in the appropriate places so you can get used to the feel of typing with the touch method. With practice, your fingers will learn where each key is located and your typing speed will increase.

2. Improve your posture.
It may seem silly, but posture can play a big role in improving typing speed. If you're slouching in your chair, it can be hard to properly focus on what you're doing and your finger and hand movement may be inhibited or restricted. Sitting up tall in your chair, with your fingers resting easily on the keys and your arms resting on a desk or table, can make a big difference in typing speed.

3. Exert the proper amount of force on the keys.
Banging each key is a surefire way to spend more time tthan necessary on each letter as well as tighten up the muscles in your fingers and hands, making them less flexible and agile as you type. Exert just enough pressure to firmly push each key down without banging or slamming. Find the best keyboard for you.

4. Take frequent breaks.
Just like other muscles, your fingers and hands can tire after repeating the same motions for long periods. Frequent breaks from typing help your fingers, hands, and wrists relax. Stretching during breaks can speed up relaxation and improve typing speed when you start typing again.

5. Practice, practice, practice.
Like anything else, with typing, practice makes perfect. Play the typing games , study the typing tutorials, consider taking a typing course, take the typing test frequently to judge your progress, and you'll gradually improve typing speed.