Mastering The Keyboard

5 tips to get you started typing faster and proper

How To Type Faster: Tips And Tricks

Living on the digital edge where typing is almost an everyday necessity, learning the ways of proper keyboard usage are crucial. Not only are you able to be more productive and get things done quicker with a keyboard, typing faster can enable you to keep up with your brain; that little voice in your head that has great ideas might only last for a few seconds before it’s forgotten.


Get Rid Of Bad Habits

Getting rid of your bad typing habits is probably the hardest thing to do. You’ve probably been using the same typing method since you started using a keyboard, right down to where you place your palms.


Use All 10 Fingers

The next step is to relearn the correct finger placement on the keyboard. If you take a closer look at your keyboard, you’ll notice raised bumps on each of the F key and J key. This is to help you find the correct finger placement without having to look at the keyboard.


In the picture below, you’ll notice color-coded areas showing the keys covered by each finger. You’ll notice that the middle fingers and ring fingers are used for only a few keys on the keyboard, while your index fingers cover the middle section of the keyboard. Navigational, punctuation and function keys are controlled mostly by the little finger.


Navigate With Basic Keyboard Shortcuts

Ctrl + CCopy

Ctrl + XCut

Ctrl + VPaste

Ctrl + ZUndo

Ctrl + SSave

Ctrl + FSearch for word

Ctrl + AHighlight everything

Shift + Left Arrow or Right ArrowHightlight next letter

Ctrl + Shift + Left Arrow or Right ArrowHighlight next word

Ctrl + Left Arrow or Right ArrowNavigate text cursor to next word without highlight

HomeGo to beginning of line

EndGo to end of line

Page UpScroll up

Page DownScroll down

Ctrl + TabSwitch to next tab

Ctrl + Shift + TabSwitch to previous tab

Ctrl + TOpen new tab

Ctrl + WClose current tab

Ctrl + Shift + TOpen previously closed tab

Ctrl + Rrefresh current webpage

Ctrl + NOpen new web browser window

BackspaceGo back one page

Shift + BackspaceGo forward one page

ShortcutsDescriptions

Alt + TabSwitch to next opened window

Alt + Shift + TabSwitch to previous opened window

Alt + F4Close current window


Practice With Apps

You can practice with a lot of typing games. Here are a few websites where you can learn how to conquer the keyboard and have fun at the same time.