9 Tips For Increasing Your Typing Speed

Increasing your typing speed is one of the best practices for Time Management. It will help you to become more productive and you can save hell lot of time. I picked up 9 simple tips to increase and improve your typing speed.

Recently I came to know about this report from a blog, “If a computer user double his typing speed, he is saving 300 hours in one year!” Amazing! Isn’t it?

Comfortable typing#1 Position : Choose a comfortable chair and sit straight. Place your fingers correctly on the keyboard. Type using the pads of your fingers, don’t use finger tips or nails. The Keyboard should be at waist level approximately.

#2 Placement: Use both your hands for typing. You can check this visual tutorial for understanding placement of your fingers on the appropriate keys easily. Use the thumb for Space Bar. It is better to memorize the location of the keys.

#3 Avoid Seeing: Yes, you should not see the keyboard while you type. You should have military level of discipline. Look at the screen or the source paper. After you are familiar with the finger placements you can try this. While riding bicycle, what will you see? The road or the pedals? :P

#4 Use Emoticons: Emoticons are nothing but textual expressions representing the face of a writer’s mood or facial expression. You can find them in many portals including social networks, forums, IM, blog comments and so on. Emoticons usually have symbols. By using them often you can be familiar with symbols location in keyboard and you can type it without seeing soon.

#5 Type Along: Try to type what you hear, like news reports, songs, two people talking around, so on. It will help you to become more familiar with various words.

#6 Avoid Typos: While practicing don’t spend time on fixing your typos. Instead carry on typing. Because you are just training your hands and concentrating on typing faster.

#7 Get Addicted: I improved my typing speed by using TypeRacer. It is a multiplayer typing game where you race others by typing quotes from popular books, movies, and songs. You can also find TypeRacer applications in Orkut and Facebook.

#8 Software: You can purchase a typing lesson software or try the free ones available online. But make sure that program is capable of measuring your typing speed. You can also try free Flash typing games.

#9 Practice: Last but not least, nothing can be done without practicing. Practice as much as possible. Do it regularly with extreme patience. But don’t practice if your fingers become tired. Leave some gap.

Why don’t you practice right now by commenting here? :D


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On November 17, 2009 by in Tips and tricks | Short Link: http://hbb.me/1pnv8Zw  

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113 Opinions on “9 Tips For Increasing Your Typing Speed

  1. My typing speed is good but i can’t avoid seeing the keyboard.

  2. Number 5 is much more important than all of those. When you’re familiar with a word, you can type it without even knowing what letters you’re typing. For example, how speedy you type your name or email address or other login credentials that you type everyday?

    Nice post. Thanks for the other points too.

  3. Most of the time I am able to type without looking at the keyboard but still I can’t say that my typing speed is good… its ‘ok’ ;)

    I am not at all comfortable with the numpad.. :(

    btw, nice tips Pradeep.

    PS: What about ur exams ? r they already on ?

  4. Thanks Pradeep :)
    Well usually for a blogger you need to just type and type whatever you feel and obviously without looking at the keyboard ;)
    A Blogger usually improves his typing speed when he/she writes more and more posts of different topics :)
    For eg: I have just started writing posts and also i have signed into my wp dashboard several times , so now whenever i try to login i type my user name and password without looking the keyboard.

  5. Good points there.
    Typing improves with practice. During my 10 years of affair with computers I learned this simple fact:
    Don`t look at the keyboard while you type, and try to be accurate without “backspace”.
    Hope all those beginners find it useful.

    And my Dad can type faster than most bloggers coz he had been following this since last 4 years :D

  6. I can type fast only at home, only on my own keyboard

  7. i suggest to blog blog n blog to increase typing speed..

  8. Typeracer is pretty interesting man! But I am quite fast at typing..But I tend to do small errors every time.

  9. even in my case i look at keyboard and type . my is good enough for me . i wrote more than 900 posts in that way. may be it depends on the way we pratice.

  10. You have covered some really nice point over here. I think consistency is the key. Practice daily and always keep in mind that you have to increase your typing sped, will definitely help in doing that. Spend more n more time on computer, you will see the change.
    But it is always better to type correct rather than fast. :) So one should also focus on avoiding typos.

  11. typing content and commenting on other blogs daily will increase the speed of the typer

  12. hey pradeeep you covered good point here,My typing speed is not so good i am trying to improve it and it work also.

  13. good one, #5.6,7 is important , i tried typad software(offline), and by chair decrease the height due to my weight :D , i have to but a new one ;)
    -=-=-=-
    i think i missed many post here, sorry, so busy with works in center

  14. You covered all points, great article. But frankly speaking , I improved my typing speed just by chatting . :)

  15. very much needed
    thanx for sharing

  16. Position is important. I’ll get a better position before typing =)

  17. I can type fast and without looking on the keyboard when what I am typing in a hurry. But I don’t think I can use those emoticons, I’m not that fast. Though hubby was impressed how fast I typed when we used to chat before. :-)

  18. Those are great tips, I remember the first set of typing I was asked to practice was, QWERT POIUY :)

  19. I like the tips, but I have a hard time unlearning a mistake, even with practice. I had the same problem with piano lessons as a kid. Once I learned a wrong note it was like it got hard-wired in my mind. Oh well. The hunt and peck method gets me where I want to go.

  20. my typing speed is already great, and i have done a typing course too in the past, a long time back. but my computer typing is different from the regular type writer but a little slower, i used to type fast on the type writer. so, sometimes when am in a hurry the type writer skills over shadow my feather touch computer typing skills and i kind of put the hands over the keyboard like the type writer and start typing even faster…

    loads of good points in the article, and the best one is ofcouse practice, nothing can improve without practice, i had typed for hours in the past on a consistent basis, good typing speed helps a lot really,

  21. Teresa Schultz says:

    Some great tips thanks – for those who work on their computers a lot, a better typing speed is definitely in order to help not get behind in work – makes a big difference. I was looking for some free online games for my sons recently, and came across two fun typing speed test games – and tried them out – it’s obviously been a long time since I did old-fashioned typing on a typewriter at school, and I didn’t do too well, but after just the third or fourth try, there was already an improvement! :)

    • Welcome to HB, Teresa! ;)

      I was also searching for some online games.. for improving my typing speed further more… and I stumbled upon TypeRacer.. I was an extreme addict.. but now quited it.. because of blogging.. :D

  22. I learned how to type in High School on a typewriter, I can type 95 WPM on QWERTY keyboard and over 130 WPM on a DVORAK style keyboard (used to anyway). I recommend getting kids into touch typing early, using games like “TyperShark” can be really helpful, there are so many free typing websites out there with typing games for kids that are completely free, just google “free typing games” and you can pick the lot of them.

    Typing saves you time which = money.

  23. hi,
    thanks for this wonderful and useful tips of increasing the typing speed.
    my typing speed is also not so fast so i will definitely follow your tips and see how it will help me.
    i will follow all the tips and also want the quick result.

  24. hello,
    thanks for tips.
    i will follow all the tips to increase my typing speed.

  25. Cool. TO say exactly I don't know type writing even before a year but I simply used to learn the basic things from the software. Then with my job and after I have started blogging, I have started to spend whole day with computers. That made me to learn it and I can now type with atleast 75 p.c correctness.

  26. You said don’t see the keyboard but I don’t see the screen while typing :-)
    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. great tip thanks. I have some skill you give above:)

  28. Money from Blogging-SEO for blogger says:

    I never type emoticons i always click them by mouse so i get problem in typing symbols. i will try to type emoticons rather than to click them as u suggested. good idea.

  29. its easy to say but hard to do!

  30. You covered all points, great article!

  31. Well i keep on praticing!

  32. wow! nice article buddy

  33. I like the virtual tutor very much…
    and also i like the last twist from you ..ha ha :)

  34. It was pretty neat that for my first job, I was a transcriptionist. It made me type faster, and it allowed me to practice typing without having the need to look into my keyboard. It definitely makes typing easier and faster!

  35. helpful in improving my speed of typing &adding skill in my hand.

  36. ranganath says:

    hi..just i tried a trick5,its really helpull trick !

  37. Great typing tips to improve typing speed. Thanks and keep updating good posts

  38. Awesome tips bro :)

  39. PankajGupta says:

    After Participating in so many forums, blogs and other websites I have increased my typing speed. Now, after 1 year of continuous practice I can type without looking to the keyboard :)

  40. wow…nice info…

    my friends would surely like this…..

  41. From my personal experience the best way to increase typing speed is practice. The more you type the more speed you will get. The placement of fingers should also be take be taken care of. And soon your fingers will learn to remember the keys and you will be able to type faster.

  42. Wow. I can type faster now!

  43. Great tips, Pradeep. I tried typeraces, my speed is not above 40 wpm. But I won all the 3 races I had ;)

  44. Learning to type is actually an easy process. I dont think it is actually something complicated. I learned within 2 days time. I then practiced it using the games provided.

  45. Hi
    i can type fast but sometimes getting wrong words in typing. do you have any suggestion to correct this problem.

  46. You can also use TypingMaster software to increase your typing speed, it have many great features and also have some games which going to help in typing speed + enjoyment :) .. Best software I ever found.. And Thanks for the tips..

  47. Nice article hope i too could improve my typing speed soon.. I especially love the type faster site..its quite interesting :D

  48. Nice tips…I cannot type without seeing the keyboard, and I make a lot of mistakes too.
    And I read somewhere that gaming helps improve typing speed. It has’nt helped me till now. :D
    what do you think?

  49. dodul nadim says:

    effective tips.

  50. Another classical tip is to look at the words that you are making the most spelling mistakes with.
    sounds stupid,.
    But with me it's words like, Impossible, goodbye, And all long complicated words that just had awkward finger placement.
    here's a simple tip that will take you a little further, i find that most of my mistakes lie in correcting long words, but the small simple words are just fly by.
    everytime i get stuck with a word i get up notepad and type that word over and over and over until i can type it with my eyes closed.
    then eventually just like your login password (which you type everyday) you can type it in without making a single mistake. ever.
    Imagine every single word being like your password :P
    Being able to type it in just as fast and efficiently,. Another method is to of course pace yourself.
    Never type at the speed you can.
    Always try and go a step slower. By doing this your accuracy will increase with the keys,
    And you will be hitting them dead on more often rather than accidently hitting two keys at then same time.
    (Don't you just hate that) :')
    And of course the third and most important one.
    Don't type what you know that you're going to type.
    When you type what you're thinking.
    it's so so so much easier. Thats why you can type so much faster on MSN rather than typing up a letter. It throws you and you think that something is wrong. The real reason is that your mind is processing more than one concious thought. So effectively you're doing two things at once.
    You need to make typing so easy that you don't even need to think about it. So the best practise is to type up letters and memo's. And make sure that you're copying them :P
    Of course this might not be effective to you, we all have different methods.
    I am just sharing some of my own methods that have helped me alot with my typing speed.

  51. point number 1,2,3 is more important, i think this can improve my typing speed, thanks for sharing the tips.

  52. Hello…..Difficult to Type Wthot Seeing Keyboard……;-) But Still trying….

  53. Hello this is Farhad, I really inspired by your advice and we should regular typing practice if we need computer operating.

  54. i’m typing without seeing at keyboard !!
     

  55. surojit naskar says:

    thanks for all the tips. I will try my best to follo your tips….. Bye

  56. thanks for the tips speed typing get the edge during the the work

  57. These are useful to typing on laptop

  58. Regular practise is necessary, whether you are newbie or geek to make fast your typo-speed#

  59. I have been practicing non-stop for over one week and it has done nothing for me and I am confused as to why zI keep doing this, Help!!!!!!

  60. I’ll try it….
    n also comment on it with out seeing on keyboard according to these tips.
    n will also make sure about it…..

  61. Great tips, Pradeep.thanks

  62. I can type without seeing the keyboard.And I can do it at ease, even not trying to memorize key positions.Though my speed is not above 40wpm with beyond 90% accuracy. Generally my average speed is 33wpm. I’m completely frustrated as I don’t reach the 40wpm with desired accuracy. I practise each day though the result does not improve.with having touch typing skill why don’t I touch the desired speed?can anybody have any idea? I heard that lot of people type beyond 50wpm. How can they do so? as I suppose we have all touch typing skill.

    • Subha, we just need little more ‘practice’, nothing else! You can do various experiments, you can try to schedule your typing lessons. You can focus on alphabets first, then numbers, and after that symbols! :)

  63. Thanks Pradeep for providing best tips to improve typing speed.

  64. I will try your best tips & guide to increase my typing speed. Thanks Pradeep.

  65. #3 Avoid Seeing
    That’s wrong. Look at your fingers, and make sure they sit on home row and right fingers press right keys – people tend not to use all 10 fingers, but only those that are stronger (hello pinky, you gotta get training, a lot..)
    After a while, when muscle memory starts to kick in, you will get whoala moment – need and urge to look at keyboard will disappear naturally.

    By forcing yourself not look what fingers is doing you do more harm than good – you will learn wrong/ineffective finger positioning and will stuck at some 60-80wpm with high error rate.

    just my 2 wpm

  66. Ur mostly thanks for this tips while my typing speed will increase and improve!!! and I want to ask a question that can I learn basic internet knowledge at home without any coaching classes from my computer? because I can not go to learn out of home.

  67. how many hours spend on per day for increase my typing speed?

  68. just don’t look at your keyboard while typing though, your skill would increase by naturally

  69. How I typing fast in desktop computer?

  70. My typing speed is 80 in TVS keyboard and 60 in HP keyboard. So the type of keyboard is also important. But typing fast needs patience and perseverance. Follow it. Don’t lose heart when there are mistakes.
    Happy Typing and Happy life.
    Regards

  71. Practice Practice and practice. Of cource, you must to know the base rules (like finger positions), but your speed will grow only when you type 10000+ symbols… Or use some typing sites, like http://keyboard-racing.com or Typeracer. Or sites liek typing-lessons.org or sense-lang.org. More texts – more speed.

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