I learnt to type many moons ago on a proper typewriter. I had to use carbon paper if more than one copy was needed and good old tippex to hide any mistakes (not that I made any!!).
If you’re just learning to type now then it is so much easier and there are so many websites where you can learn for free.
Below are 5 websites that will help you to improve your typing skills and speed whether you are an absolute beginner or just plain old rusty!
This site offers you 7 different free speed tests and 5 different lengths of tests i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 minutes.
If you are an absolute beginner at typing they also do an online course that teaches you how to touch type. It offers 21 free lessons, score reports, typing tests and games. You will need to give your email address in exchange.
This site was designed for typists, stenographers and transcriptionists. It consists of sound files that you can use to practice typing or brush up on shorthand (does anyone still use shorthand?). It has files containing around 5 minutes of dictation at different speeds. By picking a certain speed e.g. 40 wpm you can establish what level you are at.
There are a number of different typing tests, beginner typist, touch typist, professional typist and expert typist 100 wpm wow that’s fast.
If you find plain old typing boring then there are a whole load of games on this site. I particularly liked hardest typing. Words float down the screen and you need to type them before they reach the bottom. Be warned – it can be quite addictive.
This is a fairly basic typing test and you have to start and stop the clock manually. The content is quite complicated and it can slow you down a bit.
Teaches you how to type with 2 keys at a time. It also has typing games and tests.
Let us know if you’ve found any good sites to learn and we will add them to our list.