How can I improve my typing?
There are different techniques you can do to improve your typing skills. Below is a short list of different ideas and recommendations you can do to help improve your typing. However, keep in mind that you cannot improve your typing speed overnight.
Learn to type the proper way (no typing with one or two fingers). Fingers should be on the home row keys, which are A, S, D, and F with the left hand and J, K, L, and ; with the right hand. If you're on a non-English keyboard or a non-QWERTY keyboard, the home row keys may change. After learning to touch type, you'll be able to type much faster.
Sitting up straight in your chair with the proper posture and your feet flat on the ground can make an amazing difference in your typing speed.
Always type on a slanted keyboard
It's easier to type on a slanted keyboard than a flat keyboard. If you're using a desktop computer keyboard that's flat, turn the keyboard over and adjust the legs to make the keyboard slightly slanted. If you're on a laptop, you can purchase a stand to make the keyboard slightly slanted. You can also connect a desktop computer keyboard to a laptop.
Type more and practice
Starting with the most obvious, practicing typing more helps you improve your typing skills. The more you type, the more familiar you are going to become with the computer keyboard, position of the keys, and how your hands should be positioned.
Try not to look at the keyboard while typing. Not looking at the keyboard is usually hard for most people, but it's a skill that should be learned. Not having to look at where the keys are on a keyboard can dramatically improve the speed of your typing. If you need help learning to not look at your hands, try putting a large piece of paper over your hands, or put stickers on each of the keys.
Online chat is a great place to learn to type and is also usually fun at the same time. If you want to learn to type more efficiently while chatting, make sure to use proper capitalization, punctuation, and do not use chat slang.
E-mail, online bulletin boards, and forums
Sending friends and family frequent e-mail letters is another great way to learn to type and keep in touch with all your friends and family. Also, there are millions of online forums with every topic of conversation imaginable. Becoming a member of one of these forums and participating in talking about something you enjoy is another great way to learn to type.
Type pages of a book, letter, or any other page with lots of text
Taking a letter, page of a book, or document and typing everything on that page is a great way to help improve your typing. Not only will this help improve your typing of unfamiliar words, but it's also a skill sometimes required for some jobs.
Create a web page, blog, or online journal
Typing games, tests, services, and programs
Typing games and programs are a great way to learn the position of all the keys on the keyboard and help you practice your typing. Below is one game and one online typing tutorial to help with your typing.
This test is a web-based test that generates readable random words using phonetic rules. What makes this test unique is its ability to not only test your speed and accuracy but also give you an overview of your worst letters. This test also supports multiple languages.
For a full list of typing software, games, and services, see: How can I test how many words a minute I can type?
How long does it take to become proficient at typing?
As with anything, the more you stick with it and practice good habits, the better you'll become. Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell popularized the idea that 10,000 hours of appropriately guided practice was "the magic number of greatness." With enough practice, he claimed in his book "Outliers," anyone could achieve a level of proficiency that would rival that of a professional. It was just a matter of putting in the time.
Make sure when you're typing you have proper hand placement and try to not look at the keyboard as you're typing. For further help, see: Where should fingers be placed on the keyboard?