You Got to Learn Touch Typing

By Daniel Scocco

If you are not familiar with it, touch typing is the ability to type with all your fingers and without the need to look at the keyboard as you go. Many people learn it during their school days, but many don’t. Those who don’t tend to use only two fingers to type, and some even need to look for the right key before pressing it.

Until last week I used to type with only two fingers as well. I was not bad with it (averaging 65 words per minute or so), but still I felt that it was necessary to switch to touch typing. Why? Because typing is where we spend most of our time these days, and even small improvements on your typing speed will translate into huge productivity gains.

Suppose that you spend three hours per day typing. That is around 15 hours per work week, 60 hours per month and 720 hours per year. If you increase your typing speed by 30%, you would gain 216 extra hours of work every year. That is a lot.

If you are convinced, here are some resources that I found while trying to learn touch typing. The first one is a test to see how fast you can currently type: speedtest.10-fast-fingers.com. This one is useful to track your progress.

For the learning part I used this site: typeonline.co.uk. It comes with five basic lessons that will teach you the basics of touch typing, including all the finger positions. Each lesson also comes with ten exercises that you can use for practice.

Now the trick is: once you know the positions and can type with all your fingers without looking at the keyboard, albeit slowly, you need to make the switch and never return to typing with two fingers again.

In the beginning you will feel miserable, but this is the only way to go. For example, with two fingers I was able to type 65 words per minute, and as of today with touch typing I am down to 30 words or so. It is a pain, but I am sure that within 2-4 weeks I will be back to 65 words per minute, and hopefully within some months I will be able to increase it to 100 words per minute, which is considered to be pretty fast.

If you are still typing with two fingers, make an effort to learn touch typing. I am sure it will be worth it. For the rest of you guys who already touch type, what is your wpm (words per minute) speed?



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54 Responses to “You Got to Learn Touch Typing”

  • Prashanth

    Touch Typing is absolutely worth learning given the fact that I would be using the computer for the rest of my life (for work or otherwise). I also noticed how touch typing improves the posture of the hand and results in lesser pain in the joint. I know by now where the keys are, but I type faster with two fingers, so i keep going back to the old habit. I need some motivation to carry this one on.

  • Anna

    I tried it, but typing with my thumb is just impossible. I use two fingers and I’ll stick with that. I write fiction for pleasure. I find my typing fast enough for that considering that it also involves a lot of thinking.If I made myself “never go back” while my touch typing is still slow, I would probably just avoid writing altogether because not accomplishing anything sucks. Since writing is my escape from real world that would make me beyond miserable. My touch typing friends who do creative writing get about 1000-2000 words an hour and so do I. Creative writing isn’t about speed.

    If it isn’t a laptop one (they are kinda soft and my fingers slip to the wrong keys constantly) I don’t “peak” at the keyboard either.

  • Sean

    I type using two fingers. Even now I am doing it.

    And the thing is, I am really good at it. I ignored all of my classes in
    middle school telling me how to type. I am now 18 and I do not need to look at the keys as I type with two fingers.

    I probably make like 2 mistakes every paragraph. Even now this one is flawless. But I can quickly hit the backspace and resume typing.

    The speed usually amazes people.

  • Typing Touch

    Online typing test tutorials will help you learn the basic keystrokes. Tips for success. Do not look at the keyboard รขโ‚ฌโ€œ not even a quick peek!

  • H.M.Arun Kumar

    Hi Zida,

    Good, that u started to Learn the art of touch typing.
    Don’t worry if your speed is 15wpm, concentrate on accuracy and not speed.
    One hour a day of practicing typing is enough and see your progress in a weeks time it will be morethan 25wpm.

    Remember Accuracy first, Speed next.

    Happy typing !!!

    regards,
    Arun Kumar
    World’s No.1 PC typing Expert and
    Limca Book Record holder

  • zida

    I am 21 years and i just started learning touch typing online 4 weeks ago.I do it 1 hour per day and now i can do 15wpm with 94% accuracy.
    There are questions i usually ask myself which when unanswered can make me give up in touch typing.

    1. how long will it take me to reach the speed of 40-50wpm?
    2. 1 hour a day!! will it help or do i need more time?
    3. When typing should i concentrate in speed or avoid mistakes?

  • Arun Basil Lal

    I would recommend anyone to learn the Dvorak keyboard layout. I am shifting from Qwerty to Dvorak, my friends use Dvorak and find it much faster and is RSI safe.

    Dvorak is designed for faster typing.

  • Will Peach

    Using AIM client voraciously as a teenager also helps no end – although I’m still a little patchy now!

  • chirag

    Isn’t it easier to press ‘x’ with middle finger than with ring finger when stretching fingers from home row?

    Typing tutor programs and website recommends using left hand:
    Little finger for z
    Ring finger for x
    Middle finger for c
    Index finger for v

    But I find the following more comfortable:
    Little finger for shift
    Ring finger for z
    Middle finger for x
    Index finger for c

    -When stretching the fingers from home row.
    When this is so then why the common recommendation?

  • Arun Kumar

    Hi Computer users,

    Just in one day of four hours one can learn the art of touch typing with all fingers and type at a speed of 100 characters per minute in supersonic technique.

    I am looking forward in promoting this technique worldwide and make people learn the art of touch typing to get their work faster and easier.

    For more information on technique kindly mail : typing_guru@yahoo.com

    or

    httpwww.youtube.comwatchv=IWn-l6tIi-o

    regards,
    Arun Kumar
    World’s No.1 pc typing expert and Limca book record holder

  • Anonymous

    Personally I get around 80-90 WPM and I generally tend to use the two fingers approach but modified for three fingers in my own unique way withouy looking at my keyboard or thinking about it.

    pfft, and all those teachers said playing PC games was a waste of time. The amount of times I’ve done homeworking in the class as the teacher is coming round to collect it is quite astounding.

  • Arun Kumar

    Hi Presley 8792,
    touch typing is typing with all fingers and by looking into the monitor, your’s is search typing i.e. typing by looking into the keyboard.
    Learn the art of touch typing and enjoy working on PC.

    Happy typing !

    regards,
    Arun Kumar
    World’s No.1 PC typing Expert and Record holder to
    touch type at 600 Characters per minute in free-hand mode,
    record holder for typing in cross-hand style too.

  • presley8792

    touch typing, with looking at the keyboard!

  • presley8792

    I swear to god:

    152 characters per minute

    29 right, 0 wrong!

  • Andrew

    I can type 84 words per minute (according to this speed test) with just two fingers. Yes, just two fingers.

    I used to touch type and I averaged around 130, but I don’t see the need to type that much. (Not to mention using just two finger is much easier and I can type one handed if need be this way.)

  • Arun Kumar

    Hi,
    This is World’s No.1 PC typing Expert and Limca Book Record holder – H.M.Arun Kumar. Please guys learn the art of touch typing and enjoy working on PC.

    I’m record holder for typing at a speed of 600 characters per minute in free-hand mode, record holder for typing at a speed of 400 characters per minute in cross-hand mode, and record holder for training the art of touch typing just in 4 hours of time.

    Happy typing !!!

    regards,
    Arun Kumar
    Limca Book Record holder, India

  • navapuddin

    Well,my dad put me into a typing class and i didnt even have the power to hit the keys(Yes,i’m talking of good ol’ typewriting machines) but yes i definitely dont regret it.

  • AlkaShakya

    that was fun.. i can type:
    331 characters per minute
    65 correct words
    0 wrong words with my 10 fingers.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lucy Atkinson

    I’m just like you, typing around 62 words per minute with two and sometimes three fingers if I concentrate.

    The thing I’m most concerned about is the strain on my two first fingers from typing so quickly but only using them … and not noticing errors because you’re looking at the keyboard is a pain as well. Backspacing really cuts a lot of words out of your overall time.

    I found speech to text software a real waste of time, though … I had to speak so slowly that it was faster to type. The fact that I was speaking also distracted me fro my train of thought … not recommended by me ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Doug

    Touch typing was the most useful class I ever took in high school….a long, long time ago. On a good day I can hit 130-140 wpm. It has made a world of difference in my work as a journalist.

  • estherrosieuk

    Wow. I think 65 words per minute is astonishing with 2 fingers. That is about my touch typing speed and that’s on a good day.

    I have just started a new partner in our online business and he is a two finger wizard although he is starting to practise with voice recognition software.

    Problem with any typing is matching the speed of your brain with your chosen method!

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Tomas, we were talking about words per minute, not characters.

    65 words per minute is around 450 characters per minute if I am not wrong. Some people can even type 1,000 characters per minute.

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