Typing fast on the keyboard is something that is achieved with practice, time, and experience. However, without taking a typing course, it can sometimes be difficult to improve your writing technique, and even over the years, you will still be writing too slowly. In this article, we are going to give you a series of tips to improve typing speed on the keyboard and thus be able to type faster without having to spend money on a professional course.
It is worth mentioning that what we are going to tell you next has nothing to do with what they will tell you in a professional course, but rather they are advice acquired with the practice of many years. Nor can you expect to read this article and, in a short time, write 180 words per minute -which is the speed of professional typists-, but you can substantially improve the speed of writing, especially for those users who type very slowly.
How to type faster on the keyboard
What can you hope to achieve after these tips? The goal is to write faster, no matter how much. A person who writes very slowly (20-30 words per minute) could manage to raise that speed to 80 PPM, and a person who already writes moderately fast (80 PPM) could improve to exceed 100 PPM easily.
Keyboard type is essential for faster typing
The type of keyboard greatly influences the speed when typing. A mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Red switches has a linear operation with considerably more key travel than, for example, a keyboard with scissor or butterfly switches has. This means that each keystroke will cost us more effort (which accumulates when we make thousands of keystrokes), and the keys take longer to go down and up to be able to press them again.
If you want good typing speed, keyboards with a scissor, butterfly, or Cherry MX Speed Low Profile switches are best. This does not mean that you can type fast on a conventional mechanical keyboard, of course, but it would not be the most optimal. Furthermore, there are free typing lessons for adults that really help you to increase good typing speed.
Correctly position hands and wrists
In any typing course, they will tell you that you have to position your hands so that each finger of each hand only presses certain specific keys.
This is ideal, but without getting mental to do it, it is quite difficult to carry it out; At the end, we ended up typing with the index and middle fingers of both hands, with the thumb for the space bar, the right little finger for the ENTER and the left little finger for the SHIFT, ALT and CTRL of the left zone of the keyboard, not using the ring finger for nothing. This way of typing is not ideal, but it is not bad at all.
What we want to highlight in this section is the posture of the hands. Having straight hands forces our position, and in the end, we end up having them diagonally. Look at the next image.
The image above on the left is ideal, but it is impossible since the shoulders, from where the arms start, are not 10 centimeters apart, so in the end, we will have the hands diagonally. And that’s fine; what you have to avoid is having your wrists rotated as this will cause fatigue and even pain. For this, it is very important to have a wrist rest, which will help us not to have our wrists rotated, and based on this position, we enter the next section.
Chair position is important
In order to have the wrists correctly positioned, the chair is also very important. It is ideal that it has armrests to be able to have the elbows on it, parallel to the table so that the arms are straight. This combined with the above will reduce the fatigue and pain when typing, and by reducing the fatigue, will improve our speed typing at the same time. An upright position is also ideal for the same reason.
With this point and the previous one, what we achieve is to reduce typing fatigue, which will allow us not only to type more quickly but to maintain the rhythm for a longer time, in addition to avoiding pain and problems such as the famous carpal tunnel syndrome.
Practice makes perfect … so practice
Practice, practice, and keep practicing. As we said at the beginning, you cannot pretend to write fast without having practice, but what is important is to mentalize yourself to always place your hands in the same position, that you are comfortable, and that you reach all the keys without practically having to move your hands, just the fingers. Of course, you must learn to type without looking at the keyboard, and this is obviously only achieved with practice.
Write in a relaxed way
You may have noticed that our ideas are clearer when we are relaxed, something that is transferred to the action of writing. The ergonomics must be good so that we can write relaxed; otherwise, our hands, arms, back, or neck will hurt. All this translates into an uncomfortable posture that is not going to benefit us when it comes to gaining speed.
If you find it difficult to relax, try breathing in and out 10 times in a row, holding the air for about 5 seconds until we breathe out. It may not work for some, but focusing on our breathing will help us to be relaxed, allowing us to write faster.
On the other hand, stretch your hands, wrists, and arms well because they need to relax after many hours of writing. It is not the same to write fresh, to wear hours on top, which will make us more mistakes, such as having more fatigue in the fingers.