You may have seen people typing so fast on a keyboard as if they were typing pressing random keys. Some of them don’t need to look at the keys while they type and it feels unnatural. But you can do that in just a few weeks of practice. There are easier ways of doing this instead of just simply typing on MS Word for hours which feels like a chore. Here are some easier ways to learn how to type faster on keyboard:
Learn as much keyboard shortcuts as you can
The first step to master the keyboard, you need to know the basic shortcuts. You can practice these shortcuts by using removing your mouse. Once you remove your mouse, you will be able to get used to using the keyboard more efficiently.
|Ctrl + C||Copy|
|Ctrl + X||Cut|
|Ctrl + V||Paste|
|Ctrl + Z||Undo|
|Ctrl + S||Save|
|Ctrl + F||Search for word|
|Ctrl + A||Highlight everything|
|Shift + Left Arrow or Right Arrow||Hightlight next letter|
|Ctrl + Shift + Left Arrow or Right Arrow||Highlight next word|
|Ctrl + Left Arrow or Right Arrow||Navigate text cursor to next word without highlight|
|Home||Go to beginning of line|
|End||Go to end of line|
|Page Up||Scroll up|
|Page Down||Scroll down|
You can also use shortcut keys while browsing the web. Here are some shortcuts you could use to navigate in web browsers.
|Ctrl + Tab||Switch to next tab|
|Ctrl + Shift + Tab||Switch to previous tab|
|Ctrl + T||Open new tab|
|Ctrl + W||Close current tab|
|Ctrl + Shift + T||Open previously closed tab|
|Ctrl + R||refresh current web page|
|Ctrl + N||Open new web browser window|
|Backspace||Go back one page|
|Shift + Backspace||Go forward one page|
Finally, here are some common keyboard shortcuts for more general (Windows) navigation.
|Alt + Tab||Switch to next opened window|
|Alt + Shift + Tab||Switch to previously opened window|
|Alt + F4||Close current window|
Using these shortcut keys will require the little finger a lot as many of the modifier keys like Ctrl, Alt and Shift are closest to your little finger.
Use all your fingers to type faster
Cover the left side of the keyboard with your left hand and right side with your right hand. Learn to use all your fingers instead of just 3 or 4.
This is an easy practice technique. Open your Notepad and put your left-hand fingers on the keys ‘A-S-D-F’ and your right- hand fingers on ‘H-J-K-L’. Now first type with your right-hand press H with your pinky finger, J with your ring finger, D with your Middle finger and F with your Index finger, don’t move your hand while you do it. Now repeat the same with your right-hand finger. Keep a check on the Notepad if you are doing it right or not. This will enable you to use all your fingers to type faster.
Gaming can actually help you to type faster as you will need to a lot of keys while playing and you will be concentrated on the game, so you won’t be able to look at the keys. This will develop your muscle memory in your fingers and you will naturally be able to remember the keys.
Use the right keys for the job
These tips give you a little boost and type faster. You might even develop these on your own but now that you will get to know, make sure you apply them:
- Use the number keys on the right side to type numbers instead of the ones on the top. The right side keys are closely packed and you can type with one hand.
- Use the left Shift key and Left Control with your pinky (4th) finger.
- Use your thumbs to press the Space Bar.
- Use “End” key to get to the end of a sentence and “Home” button to get to the start of a sentence
Here are some websites to help you practice and type faster
These tips and tricks will get you typing like a robot in few weeks. Remember, practice is the key!
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