How to Improve Your Keyboard Typing Skills

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Improving your typing skills has a lot of benefits. Besides the obvious typing speed, people who type with ten fingers make fewer mistakes, spend less time in front of the monitor and suffer less wrist pain. If you are not looking for professional instruction and would simply like to improve your typing skills at home, there are a lot of simple steps you can take to do just that.

  • Make sure you choose a keyboard that feels comfortable. Sticking to the same keyboard for a long time also helps, as you will eventually get used to the size and format and it become easier to remember the positioning of the keys. Switching between a desktop computer keyboard and a laptop can be confusing, as their size differs. Learn to type fast and improve your typing skills on one keyboard before you try adjusting to a different one.

  • Practice. If you get typing Word documents, try using chat rooms, IM or writing a forum post. It doesn't really matter what you are writing about as long as you do it often. Informal writing is especially helpful, as it prompts you to concentrate on the screen rather than on the keyboard, encouraging blind typing.

  • Go to the Keyboarding Practice website for 17 different exercises designed to help you gain speed and perfect your keyboard typing skills (see Resources below). There is nothing to download and drills are available in a variety of levels, so you improve your skills not matter what level you are currently at. Some of the drills include Home Row Keys, Introduction of New Letters, Reviews and Speed Training.

  • Use typing games to improve your skills. You can choose online games or download something to your computer in order to be able to play even when you are not online. A good example of typing games is the 10 Finger BreakOut, a free typing game that allows you to play an arcade shooting game that actually improves your typing skills (see Resources below).

  • Try using more than two fingers. In spite of how uncomfortable it may actually feel to use more fingers, it will eventually become the "normal" way of typing. The more fingers you use, the faster you will type, even if the mistakes you make at first make you feel otherwise.

Tips & Warnings

  • Pay attention to what mistakes you make most frequently when typing blind. Does it have to do with pressing the wrong keys, striking the same key twice or missing certain spots like the Delete or Shift keys? Practice until you can fix those mistakes.
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