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Learn How to Type Faster With These 5 Pointers

Learn How to Type Faster With These 5 Pointers


November 11, 2009

3 Practice

Now that you know where to start your hands from and where all of the keys are by memory, you can type without looking at the keyboard. When you get better at typing, and have reaffirmed the positions of the keys into your fingers, you do not even need to look at the monitor to see if you typed the right thing. This frees up your eyes to look at the sheet of paper you are transcribing, to a book you want an excerpt out of, or even the ability to talk to someone while looking at them and taking notes at the same time. The possibilities are endless. However, you cannot expect speed just from thought alone. Your fingers are not used to moving in these ways and need practice.

When you are first learning, say the letters of the word you are typing one at a time and concentrate on where you should move which finger to get to it. You should not need to look at the keyboard to do this. If you find it hard to remember the layout of your keyboard, there’s a link at the end of this article to a site where you can get a ready-made keyboard layout. Just print it out and follow the included instructions to make it stand upright. This isn’t a permanent solution though. It’s just for when you’re learning it.

Eventually you will want to go entirely by memory. I can recommend two ways to improve your memory of the keys. The first is the way I did it, and that’s through TONS of practice. It’s not that hard, but it takes some time. The other way, you might be able to accelerate your learning curve by improving your memory first. I’ve written a book on exactly that topic, memory improvement, and even if it doesn’t teach you how to type, it will improve your memory, which eventually will help you with everything in your life, and not just typing. Just look around and you’ll see that memory is fundamental to everything you do. For more information about the eBook, see the bottom of this article.

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