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If you're tired of the "hunt and peck" method of typing and need to increase your speed on the computer or handheld device, professional instruction is available to help. According to Type Fast Now, a "fast" typing speed is considered to be at least an average of 50 to 80 words per minute, or WPM, and accounts for each error made. Typing and computer keyboarding classes are offered at many community colleges and libraries, though you can also find training courses online.
Sign up for a typing class at your local library or community college. Learning from an experienced instructor gives you the opportunity to ask questions and visualize proper hand placement in person on your keyboard.
Take an online class. Many websites offer typing classes for free or with a free trial. These sites include Typing Web and Custom Typing Training.
Familiarize yourself with the QWERTY keyboard, which is the standard English keyboard used with a computer. You must learn on which keys to place your fingers. For example, the "home row" keys for your left hand are A, S, D, and F. The home row keys for your right hand are J, K, L, and. Your thumbs should be on the space bar.
Practice typing without looking at the keyboard. Memorizing where your fingers belong and where each letter key is located will help improve your speed. Also, maintain proper posture at your desk, sitting up straight with your feet flat on the floor.
Test your speed on websites that let you practice and test for free, using games and apps. These sites include TypingTest.com, Rapid Typing Zone’s TypeDown, or Keybr.com.
Utilize any time spent online to practice your typing speed, via email, chat rooms, forums or blogs.
Community schools typically charge around $40 to $60 for a typing class that lasts six to eight weeks with class held once a week.
If you intend to become a fast typer for a job, you should aim for at least 80 words per minute.
Taking classes and practicing do not guarantee that you will become a fast typer, especially if you have limited dexterity in your hands and fingers. But with practice, you're likely to at least improve your speed.
Never forsake accuracy for speed. Being a fast typist is only worthwhile if what you type is accurate, without typos or misspellings.
Anna Windermere started her writing and editing career in 1993, upon graduating from the University of Florida's esteemed journalism school with a bachelor's in journalism. Ms. Windermere, a senior-level copy editor, has appeared in mastheads of newspapers and magazines as copy chief, writer and proofreader, including "Sun-Sentinel," "Miami Herald," "City Link," "New Times," "NewBeauty," "Luxe," "Florida Alligator," "Orange & Blue," and more.
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