What are your tips for typing 100+ WPM?

As you can imagine, one of our passions here at Das Keyboard is for really fast typing. We love that Das Keyboard has helped so many people to improve the speed and accuracy of their typing skills and we’re always looking for ways to help more. I came across a great post by David Turnbull with his 9 tips for How to Type 100+ Words Per Minute. These are quoted directly from his site:

  1. Feel the location of keys. If you can’t feel the location of keys whilst typing slowly then you won’t be able to type fast. Close your eyes and try to type out your full name. Go as slow as you need to. Repeat this exercise until you can identify every key by touch. Touch typing is the foundation of speed.
  2. Switch to DVORAK. Like most people I use the QWERTY keyboard setup, but this setup is actually designed to slow down typing (it goes back to the days of typewriters). DVORAK is meant to be the fastest keyboard layout to use and if you’re serious about typing fast you should definitely look into it. Some people claim making the switch doesn’t make a huge difference, but at the very least your fingers will be moving less and therefore less likely to strain.
  3. Use the DAS Keyboard Ultimate. Whilst it’s not available as a DVORAK keyboard, this is still a pretty nice looking piece of hardware. It claims to be the best keyboard for typing, which is obviously debatable, but the cool thing is, the keys aren’t labelled. They’re all just flat, black surfaces. This means you’re forced to memorise the location of keys.
  4. Play the piano. One of the first instruments I learned to play was the piano. I was never particularly brilliant at it, but the skills required are similar to that of typing on a computer keyboard: speed, accuracy and finding the location of keys. Sure, the most “pure” type of practice will be with a computer keyboard, but playing the piano will less likely induce boredom.
  5. Have something to type. The only times I type slowly are when I’m trying to tackle writer’s block. It’s my brain that’s moving slowly, not my fingers. Have something clear in your mind that you want to type before trying to clear 100+ words per minute.
  6. Beware of traditional typing tests. Tests that determine your typing speed have a major flaw: they require you to read. I’m certainly no speed reader, but I’m not slow either, yet it still takes me a second to “process” the sentences I read in a typing test, and then I have to regurgitate them on the keyboard.
  7. Typing tests 2.0. Back in high school, we’d occasionally be in the library where our teacher would dictate information we had to type into a Word document. I found this to be the best typing test available. There’s little thought required and, unlike in a traditional typing test, your thoughts aren’t jumping ahead to the words you have to write in the future (because you don’t know what they are). It’s a very “in the moment” test of typing speed.
  8. Practice with substance. Don’t try to improve your typing speed by typing out some lame sentence over and over again. Start a blog or novel that makes typing both interesting and engaging. There’s no single moment where I thought “wow, I can type fast!” I was simply always typing something that I found interesting and my speed progressed naturally.
  9. You don’t need to follow conventions. In primary school there was a chart on the wall that displayed where you should place your fingers on the keyboard. I ignored it. Whilst I’m sure these diagrams have value, I feel it’s best to just do what feels natural. If typing doesn’t feel natural for you at all then maybe use these types of diagrams as a starting point, but don’t feel constricted by them.

Thanks to David for his tips above. I was, or course, both appreciative and honored that Das Keyboard made it in as number 3. But this also got me thinking; how many other tips are out there for improving your typing speed? So I wanted to ask you; what tips or tricks have you learned and/or used to increase your typing speed? Have you been able to get it over 100 WPM?

20 Comments


  1. thank u sir.


  2. David , iam trying to get on to that target of 100wpm. at times i can come close to that but not every time . maintaining the 50 – 60 level always . hope it will improve.


  3. DVORAK? I tried that a while ago, and I hated it. I couldn’t get used to the radical changes to the punctuation as well as the letter from the standard QWERTY layout. I’m now a happy user of the Colemak keyboard layout, and I think that it’s worth mentioning as an alternative to DVORAK.


  4. Dvorak hasn’t actually been shown to help.
    Definitely don’t just do what feels comfortable, I typed ~70 wpm being comfortable, then I learned the correct way to type, and now I consistently type ~100 wpm.


  5. Interesting article, but I disagree with some points:

    Some years ago, I tried Dvorak and hated it. It’s too much effort to try to change your muscle memory to adjust the other keyboard, especially if most keyboards are QWERTY.

    I don’t know how to respond to the comment about conventional tests. Yes, the information takes time to process, but often people are being tested for their ability to process and transcribe texts or other people’s handwriting so it they are valid.

    I think beginning typists should stick with conventions. They evolved for a reason. If you were learning the piano, would you start playing with fingering while you were still a beginner?


  6. If You don’t need to follow conventions. Never you get the best speed!


  7. yeah some of them good..


  8. nice blog keep it up



  9. I’m happy I just found this blog. I currently type comfortably at just over 100 wpm. However, I seem to have plateaued. What can I do to “speed it up”? 😉


  10. I have a few bad habits, including resting my wrists on the desk, and not always using the shift key with the alternate hand. I kept these habits since it felt more natural to me. Today I average over 100 wpm. I can’t tell whether dropping these habits will make me faster at typing, but I do know that it’s not necessary to do so for averaging 100 wpm, and it feels more comfortable this way.


  11. it all depends on your dedications and effort, I’ve been learning a quite while. unfortunately I reached only 80s 🙂


  12. hey , i am typing 45 wpm right now , and i have a typing test coming next week , it only requires 35 wpm but backspace key will not work there, and i am habitual with the use of backspace what can i do to increase my accuracy ? Kindly reply


  13. Hi Azhar, try practicing on a typing game that doesn’t allow you to backspace. There are many out there that you can practice on.


  14. I switched to DVORAK for a year , I went cold turkey and was up to my qwerty speed in about 2 months(70wpm). Then I ended up having to use other qwerty keyboards too frequently, and just decided to switch back. I was a good experiment but I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone to increase typing speed.

    I put a lot of time into typing tests and games , but I can’t seem to get above 70-80 wpm. Not that I am complaining as that is more than adequate for me or most people.

    For anyone thinking of switching DVORAK was hell for the first week or two , but then it got much easier.


  15. Touch typing is 80% technique, 10% accuracy, and 10% speed. People who are masters at touch typing will tell you that without proper hand position and typing technique, you’ll only be able to type so fast. Learn to type the proper way (no typing with one or two fingers).

    HypnoType


  16. My average typing speed is 80 WPM and I use QWERTY. I’m bad at typing non-letter characters and I am bad at typing unfamiliar words or words I don’t know how to spell, which leads me to believe that I just have muscle memory of the words. Is this a problem and will it restrict me from further improving my typing speed?


  17. I’ve practiced improving my speed for quite a while. I have a few expensive keyboards but found my discount blue switch brand x from amazon to be my favorite. Once I broke 100 wpm and started getting up towards 125 I noticed I began to cross my fingers over often to hit keys that I would normally hit with the other hand but because of the awkwardness maybe of a certain word, perhaps has several letters on the same hand in a row, I naturally began to cross my fingers over to type “improperly” to type these words faster. Did not do it on purpose, it just came on its own with time and practice.

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