There are no secret methods or tips for learning to type faster on the keyboard. It might sound disappointing at first, but it actually means anyone can type faster with time and practice. Once you can type without looking at the keys, you will feel your fingers speed up. It's not complicated, but you do need good posture and knowing where to position your fingers on the keyboard. With a little patience and persistence, you will be able to type on the keyboard at a respectable speed.
Part 1 of 4: Take the right posture
Step 1. Create a good environment for typing and working
You should try to make yourself comfortable, well-lit and well-ventilated. You should always bang on a desk or table, not on your lap. It is important to feel comfortable if you have to type for a long time. Make sure you meet these conditions before continuing.
Step 2. Arrange your posture
The correct position for typing is seated with your back straight and your feet flat on the floor, more or less in line with your shoulders. Your wrists should be flush with the keyboard so that your fingers can easily bend over the keys. You should tilt your head slightly forward when looking at the screen, and your eyes should be between 45 and 70 cm from the screen.
You can adjust most office chairs. Play around with the chair setting until you find the setting that works for you
Step 3. Don't slouch
It is important not to lose this posture as you work. Maintain good posture to avoid curving your wrists too much, as this can cause you to slow down and lose your rhythm. Don't let your shoulders and back curl up, stay relaxed, but straight.
Part 2 of 4: find the right finger position
Step 1. Get to know your keyboard
Most keyboards have the same layout, called AZERTY because of the first letters that are on the first row of letters on the keyboard, on the left. Many keyboards also have other keys that allow you to perform various operations.
- Most of the keys on the keyboard are used to display the corresponding character on the screen. Open a text file and press the keys to see what it does on the screen.
- Practice memorizing the positions of the different keys and punctuation marks. You're going to need to know where these keys are without looking at the keyboard if you ever want to be able to type quickly on the keyboard.
Step 2. Know the correct position of your hands
To type faster, you need to hold your hands and fingers in a certain position above the keys, and you need to return your fingers to that position when you are not using them. In short, your hands should be curved slightly at the wrists, and your fingers should rest above the base row of the keyboard. Here are the keys that make up this row.
- The left index on the letter F and must type the characters F, C, V, G, T and 6.
- The left middle finger on the letter D and must hit the characters D, R, 5 and X.
- The left ring finger on the letter S and must type the characters Z, E, 4 and 3.
- The left little finger on the letter Q if you are using an AZERTY keyboard and on the letter A if you are using a QWERTY keyboard.
- The right index on the letter J and must type the characters 6, 7, U, J, N, the comma key, H, Y and B.
- The right middle finger on the letter K and must hit the characters K, I, 8 and the semicolon key.
- The right ring finger on the letter L and must reach the characters O, 9 and the key /.
- The right little finger on the letter M and must press the keys M, P, §, 0, %, °, +umlaut £, the shift keys, enter, ctrl and backtracking.
- Left and right thumbs on the space bar.
Step 3. Practice
Close your eyes and say the letters out loud as you type them. You can also practice knowing the position of the keys without looking at the keyboard by looking away and saying the letters as you say them. This will help you memorize the keys. Keep practicing this method until you no longer need to say the letters.
Part 3 of 4: learn the basic techniques
Step 1. Evaluate your speed at the start
There are many ways to gauge your typing speed, typically measured in words per minute. One of the easiest ways to do this is to type in what is my typing speed on Google and click on one of the first links that appear. This will give you an idea.
- By getting a speed rating, you will be able to measure your progress over time.
- Sometimes the result will be displayed in WPM (words per minute), which is the English translation of words per minute.
- Remember that you need to measure your words per minute over a period of time. The length of the typing test can influence your speed score, so always choose the same test when you come back later to measure your progress.
Step 2. Start slowly
You will be able to type faster by regularly building your skills and practicing not looking at the keyboard, as this is usually the fastest technique once you master it. If you've never typed on the keyboard without looking at it, that means you'll spend more time mastering the technique. But once you get to type on the keyboard without looking at it, you'll be able to type much faster.
- At first it can be frustrating and weird, but with a little work and patience you will get there.
- Try to limit your finger movements to what is needed to type the keys.
Step 3. Force yourself and don't look at your hands
It is important to avoid looking at the keyboard as you type, so that your fingers are forced to learn where the keys are through physical repetition. If you can't look the other way, try covering your hands with a light fabric, such as a towel.
You might find that you're typing slower than you started out with, but stick with it. Once you can type without looking at the keyboard, you will see that you are typing much faster
Part 4 of 4: train and improve
Step 1. Practice a lot
It's hard to learn to type on the keyboard without looking at it, but once you've found the correct position for your fingers on the keys and good posture, the only way to improve is to practice. Take some time every day to practice typing and to improve your speed and accuracy. Over time, your typing speed will speed up.
If you can manage to take at least ten minutes a day to open a text file and type without stopping, then you will notice that you are making fewer and fewer mistakes
Step 2. Practice on Internet sites
There are many websites that offer games for you to practice. You will also get a result and a record of your speed, so you can try to beat your record and compete against other people doing the same tests on these websites.
Step 3. Practice dictation
If you don't know what to write, you can practice listening to anything and typing it. You can type whatever you want and it's a good way to practice and have fun if you're listening to something interesting, like an audiobook, lecture, or radio show.
You can even listen to a TV show, so let your imagination run wild and try to have fun working out
Step 4. Monitor your progress
Repeat the tests and monitor your results weekly. You will soon notice your progress. But don't get too focused on your WPM result. Instead, think about the ease you develop and the ease you type on the keyboard.
Step 5. Boost Your Performance
Consider training more seriously. There are a number of programs designed to help you learn to type faster. Most of these programs are guided lessons or games, the outcome of which depends on your speed and typing accuracy. If you are in a hurry to learn to type quickly, consider investing in these kinds of programs.
- There are many such programs. You will also find free tutors on the Internet, but also free programs that you can download, as well as many paid programs. Some are more fun than others, but they will help you type faster.
- But in the end, it is your regular training that will allow you to improve your typing speed.
Step 6. Don't give up
Keep practicing and you might compete with the fastest people who can easily type up to 150 wpm over long stretches, and even 200 wpm over short stretches. Good keyboarding skills can come in handy both at work or at school. The faster and more accurately you can type, the faster you will complete the task at hand.
- Remember where the letters are so you don't have to look at the letters and focus on the screen.
- Watch the screen as you type to spot any mistakes you make when writing.
- Watch the text you type, even if that text is not on the screen. Learn to trust your fingers.
- Practice, because it takes practice to know how to type quickly.
- You can also use programs to learn to type faster, such as AutoHotkey or Mywe.