The majority of us use computers for work every day, and we all use them every day. In spite of my attempts to deny it, I spend most of my time doing things related to my laptop, including writing blog posts, sending emails, and reading articles.
We use computers for everything these days. We spend hours every day typing on keyboards instead of writing with pen and paper.
This is because we use keyboards to have fun, get information, and do our jobs.
So, increasing your typing speed is one of the most important things you can do to be more productive online.
And I really do think that if you learn how to type faster, you can do twice as much work.
Since I was 13, I’ve been trying to learn how to type faster. Now, I type an average of 155 words per minute (WPM), while the average typing speed is around 45 WPM. And the average speed of a professional typist, no matter who they are, is around 90 WPM.
So, in this article, we’ll give you eight tips that you can start using right away to type faster. These are the same steps I took (and improved upon) a few years ago to go from a normal typing speed of 60 words per minute (WPM) to 155 WPM.
And if you’re still not sure you want to spend the time to learn how to type quickly, we’ll start with the three main benefits of being able to type quickly.
Fast typing has many benefits
⚡️ Computers allow you to be more productive
Most of our work these days involves computers, which means we have to type on a keyboard a lot. If you can speed up your typing to the point where you can type as fast as you think, you will at least double the amount of work you can do.
And it doesn’t just apply to things at work. You’ll be able to answer your friends’ messages, surf the web, and look through your computer’s files faster. In the end, everyone saves time.
🧑🎨 Creativity is stimulated by it
The more your typing speed approaches how fast you think, the more creative you get. When you don’t have to take a break between wanting to type something and typing it, you don’t break up the flow of your thoughts.
And that helps a lot when you’re writing things like blog posts, email newsletters, or video scripts. Most of the time, when you’re writing a first draft, you want it to be messy and include all of your thoughts, notes, and ideas.
This is why it’s important to stay in the flow state. And being able to type quickly is a key part of getting there.
You can save a great deal of time and learn how to use a computer effectively if you do this.
😮 A lot of people are impressed by it
Funny enough, when I worked as a doctor, the most common compliment I got was “Wow! You type very quickly.” Even though that might not be the best compliment a doctor could get, I’ll take it.
Seriously, being able to type quickly is a great way to start a conversation, and if someone sees you typing at 155 WPM, you’ll definitely get their attention, but in a good way.
8 Tips to Type Faster
Now that you know why it’s important to learn how to type faster, let’s go over 8 tips you can start using right away to speed up your typing.
✂️ Become familiar with keyboard shortcuts
The first step would be to learn how to use keyboard shortcuts to fix mistakes, since that’s probably the thing that takes the most time when typing on a keyboard.
There are two shortcuts that you need to know if you want to type quickly.
The first one is to press OPTION + BACKSPACE on a Mac or CTRL + BACKSPACE on a Windows computer. This shortcut lets you delete a whole word so you don’t have to press Backspace over and over.
The second shortcut is CMD + BACKSPACE on a Mac and SHIFT + HOME > BACKSPACE on a Windows computer. This one gets rid of an entire line.
So, use one of these shortcuts the next time you make a mistake and try to make it a habit.
🏋️♀️ Use 10fastfingers.com to practice
When I was 13, I found this website, and I haven’t found anything better since then to help me improve my typing speed. 10fastfingers.com has one-minute typing tests where you try to type as many words as you can without making any mistakes.
At the end of each session, you’ll see your words-per-minute (WPM) score and other information, such as how many mistakes you made or how well you did.
Even if you only do these typing tests every few weeks, they will make a big difference in how fast you type. One of my teammates, Angus, tried practicing 10fastfingers once a week for a few months as an experiment.
After a few months, his typing speed went from 65 WPM to 95 WPM, which is a big jump for just one practice session per week.
🧑🎓 On keybr.com, you can practice
Keybr.com has a solution that is similar to 10fastfingers, but there is a twist. It doesn’t test you on the 300 most common English words. Instead, it tries to find out where you’re weak and helps you improve those areas.
It starts by picking a few keys, like E, N, I, T, R, and L, and then tries to figure out if you can’t hit any of them. If that’s the case, it will give you more (usually made-up) examples of words to help you work on your weaknesses.
I think of it as a supplement to 10fastfingers because I like to type real words, and typing on keybr.com can be a little frustrating because it makes you type nonsense most of the time. On the other hand, if you find it hard to hit a certain key, you might want to spend a few minutes a day on keybr.com practicing it.
⌨️ Make sure you only use the keyboard
Change to a keyboard-first approach and use your mouse and trackpad as little as possible to improve your typing speed and overall digital productivity.
The reason for this is that it’s much faster to switch between tabs and move around on a computer using the keyboard (if you know how to do it) than to drag a cursor across the screen. And because you’ll be using your keyboard more, you’ll get faster at typing as a side effect.
So, the question is, what should we do?
And one way to do that is to use the Alfred app, which replaces your Mac’s built-in Spotlight feature. You can think of it as a more intense version of Spotlight. It means you’ll never have to look for apps in your doc or use a launchpad view by hand again.
You can do everything with Alfred, from switching between apps to searching for things on Google and the web.
Simply press COMMAND + SPACEBAR and type Spotify to turn on Spotify. The same as using Spotlight.
You can search Amazon for a specific book by typing “amazon Wheel of time” and then pressing COMMAND + SPACEBAR. The same shortcut can also be used if you want to search for something quickly on Google.
You can also change Alfred’s settings to make it work the way you want it to.
Keep in mind that when you first start using a new app, you might want to use your mouse. However, a better way to deal with this new situation is to look for keyboard shortcuts and make the app work best for a keyboard-first approach. And after a few times, it won’t seem scary at all.
If you still haven’t found the right keyboard, you can watch this video I made about The Best Keyboards for Fast Typing. I’ve used six of the best keyboards on the market to find out which one is best for typing quickly.
🙈 Keep your eyes off the keyboard at all times
It’s tempting to keep your eyes on the keyboard, especially when you’re first learning how to type quickly. But… A much better strategy would be to not look at the keyboard at all, even if it means dropping a few WPM.
There’s a good chance you won’t be able to keep up your current typing speed if you switch to the eyes-on-the-monitor method, but the whole point of learning to type faster is to never look at the keyboard and focus on what’s on the screen. So believe me when I say it’s worth the work.
Eventually, if you continue not to look at the keyboard, your muscles will remember the right keys and you won’t have to look at them to hit them.
By the way, I have a whole class on Skillshare called “Triple Your Typing Speed.” You can try it out for free for the first month, and I might be partial, but I think it’s the best way to learn how to use a keyboard on the web.
And since the first month is free and you can try out other classes once you’re there, I really think you should try it.
🧘 Make sure your fingers are in the correct position when resting
Make sure your fingers are always in the correct position when resting. For the left hand, those are A, S, D, F, and for the right hand, they are J, K, L.
As a result, keyboard manufacturers have made sure both F and J keys have these little markings which make it really easy to locate them without having to look at them (which, of course, we don’t want to).
It will ensure that your hands cover the entire keyboard and that you actually use each and every finger rather than relying solely on your index fingers to type.
📢 Try to make noise
Even though this tip might seem strange, I’ve found that when I press harder on the keyboard, I tend to type faster.
I haven’t found any scientific proof of this, but my typing speed slows down when I have to type more quietly, like when I’m in a library or don’t want to bother other people. I’d say it’s all about the way you think about typing. If you type with more force, you’ll type faster.
And if it works for me, it might work for you too, so don’t be afraid to try this odd tip.
🎮 Treat it as a game
Working on your typing speed might seem hard, and after a few days of practice, you might find that nothing has changed or, worse, that your WPM score has gone down.
So, if you want to stay on track, try to make the process fun. This way, you’ll be able to see how far you’ve come, which is always a good thing.
Let’s say you can type at a speed of 60 words per minute (WPM) and you want to speed up by 40 WPM to get to that sweet 100. Of course, it will take some time, and at first, the distance between them might seem discouraging. You can break this route up into smaller steps or levels. Level 1 would be 65 WPM, level 2 would be 70 WPM, and so on…
It will make everything a lot more fun and doable.
I’m at the point where my next step is to get better at using my left pinky. At the moment, I only use it to click the SHIFT key, but I should be using it to hit A, Q, 1, 2, and SHIFT. This shows that I’m not typing as well as I could be in that area.
As you can see, the game goes on forever.
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Conclusion How To Type Faster? 2022
Learning to type faster was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and since we all use computers every day (and most of us use them for work), I think it can be your best decision, too.
You don’t have to use all 8 tips, that’s fine. In fact, if you’re just starting out, I’d suggest learning the necessary keyboard shortcuts, practicing with 10fastfingers, and making the whole process of getting better fun.
Then, as you get better at crashing through the next milestones, try adding other tips to your practice stack, like not looking at your keyboard.