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Can typing with 2 fingers be as fast as with 10?

There are plenty of people who can type quickly using just two fingers. Like with any skill, typing with two fingers takes practice, and with more practice speed and accuracy will improve.

So why bother learning to touch type with all ten fingers if you can do fine with just two?

The bottom line is, even the fastest hunt and peck typists will never be able to type as quickly as someone who is making use of all ten of their digits. Here’s why—

Typing Efficiency

Hopping from one key to the next with the same finger is almost like trying to pedal a bike with one leg. Sure you could learn to hop back and forth pretty quickly, but you’ll never be as fast as if you were using your left foot for the left pedal and your right foot on the right pedal.

Like with a bicycle, each key on the keyboard has a finger that is responsible for it. This is designed so that your fingers move as little as possible.

Thus, if you keep your fingers on the home row and just move the necessary finger, you’re guaranteed to type faster than if you’re moving your whole hands around the keyboard.

Average Typing Speeds

The average typing speed when using only 2 fingers is 27 WPM when copying and 37 WPM when typing from memory. The average typing speed for someone using all ten fingers is between 40 and 60 WPM.

While this might not seem like a huge difference on a minute by minute basis, the extra time it takes to only use 2 fingers certainly adds up.

For example, if you write 10 emails a day for work, it might take you around 2 hours to write these emails using just two fingers at a rate of 27 WPM. It would take closer to 1 hour to write the same exact emails if you were touch typing at a speed of 50 WPM. That adds up to a full hour of extra time every day!

And looking beyond just the average typing speed, exceptionally fast hunt and peck typists can reach up to 70 WPM while the fastest touch typists can break 100 WPM. This means that as you get faster, the speed disparity between 2 finger typing and touch typing only grows.

Typing Accuracy

In addition to being slower, hunt and peck typing also tends to be less accurate. Since you need to be looking at the keys much more when typing with 2 fingers, you are less likely to catch mistakes as you make them, meaning it will take you more time to go back and proofread work once you’ve finished.

Touch typists, on the other hand, can do this all at the same time, reading as they type and correcting as they go along.

There is no doubt about it, touch typing is a much better bet than the hunt and peck alternative, and it’s worth investing the time and effort that it takes to learn to type with all ten fingers. And it’s never too early or late to get started!

The lessons here at Typing.com will walk you through the basics to train you to start using all 10 of your fingers. Get started now, and you’ll be well on your way to faster typing speeds before you know it.


10 thoughts on “Can typing with 2 fingers be as fast as with 10?

  1. I type using two fingers, and I can hit over 130WPM with high accuracy, and around 100WPM with 100% accuracy. This is completely wrong, seeming as I don’t know any touch typists whom can type faster then me, it’s simply a different style of typing and is not inferior at all.

    1. Hard to believe…based on my experience and training as a keyboard instructor (where I was timed in typing business documents with mixed/numeric/symbols text.) What kind of documents are you typing at this speed–reports, tables with statistical data, legal documents, letters? Are you looking at the screen and keyboard simultaneously rather than typing from copy/documents?

  2. Jane Northwey – I can do 54 wpm, no errors with two fingers, but I use my thumbs for the spacebar, whichever is closest to the spacebar at the time. I also use my little finger for the shift key so I’m not sure if that counts as two fingers or not. I’m not sure if “Heckled Heck” can type at 100wpm with no errors, but I believe it’s certainly possible. I think a big reason I type with two (three? four?) fingers is because in fifth grade when we did a typing class, I could never manage to use ten fingers without looking at the keyboard. I can look at the keyboard far less using two/four fingers. By the way, I’d like to point out that this stupid site actually DOES publish your email. When I reply, the name is filled in by default with “Jane Northwey” and email with “*****[email protected]

  3. I type with 2 fingers and I my average typing speed on nitro type is 68 wpm, while my best is 78. Reaching past 70 wpm is not a task for me, and I don’t need to look at the keyboard either. But is it necessary to use all 10 fingers? Specifically the pinky finger is what annoys me.

  4. It is really hard to type with your hands staying on the home row. I use all ten of my fingers, but I bounce around the keyboard. It’s easier for me. Hunt and peck is so hard for me to just get things done. I’m just 11 years old, but with this kind I go to 50 wpm.

  5. I type with 2 fingers and type WAY faster than the average on this page. My average is around 85 wpm and my highest was 100 wpm so this is very inaccurate considering the fact I easily straight up DESTROY most touch typers that are average (My average on nitrotype is 85 wpm and my highest is 100 wpm)
    With 1 finger I also type faster than the 2 finger average

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