Best Free Typing Tutor

 
Introduction

Typing tutors and wizards are an important tool from which almost everyone could benefit. If you are interested in upping your WPM (words per minute), then try one of these freeware programs.

 
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Discussion

In the unorthodox corner, we have Stamina Typing Tutor. It was by far the funniest typing program I have ever used and probably ever will. When you make a typing mistake, you get an annoying taunt. Some of my favorites are "oye!","uh-oh" and, "I'll be back" (from The Terminator) when you exit the program.

Along with its funniness, Stamina Typing Tutor contains some very cool features. The text scrolls like Rapid Typing Tutor, but in this case, it feels much more smooth. You will definitely notice the difference if you have used other typing tutors with side scroll. Stamina also has a fair lesson layout including the basics, digits, symbols, phrases and a few more. If you don't like any of the default lessons, you can make your own using the built-in lesson editor.

Another impressive element is that you can customize the background with your own images! You probably noticed I used a fallout 3 wallpaper ;) Stamina also has background music. Everyone knows typing to techno music is the best tempo to use whilst typing! The songs play on a playlist, so you can pick and choose which songs you want to play including any songs you might have in the mp3 format.

To wrap it up, the interface is user-friendly and looks superb. The only feature Stamina Typing Tutor doesn't possess is virtual hands, but I find this is a marginal issue because most people don't need virtual hands to type any faster then they normally do. I would recommend Stamina Typing Tutor as the best typing program for users who already have some basic typing skills.

 

Rapid Typing Tutor is another good typing tutor for intermediate learners who want to improve their typing in a new and interesting way. I especially liked the colorful theme because I am a strong believer in the link between color and memory comprehension.

What sets Rapid Typing Tutor apart from other typing programs is its many noteworthy features including: a virtual keyboard with moving hands; progress tracking that displays your current/past printing speed and accuracy; and the capability for you to make your own lessons.

Although Rapid Typing Tutor has a multitude of features, I would not recommend it to beginners. There is no instruction on how to type other then watching the moving hands, and the interface is largely confusing. However, it is a great program for people who have memorized where most of the keys are and just want to become more proficient in their typing skills.

I suggest outright beginners start with Kiran's Typing Tutor because of the informative lessons Kiran gives.

 

Kiran's Typing Tutor takes typing back to square one. The introductory lessons do a wonderful job teaching proper habits, techniques, and posture to use whilst typing for optimum productivity. Kiran also teaches you a variety of different hand exercises and stretches to perform before a rigorous typing session.

Informative progress reports display your past/present wpm and accuracy, as well as the letters you most frequently mistype.

Unfortunately, Kiran's typing design is extremely flawed. When you have finished typing a set of letters or words, the screen changes, making it hard to type at a constant speed. Furthermore, you receive an error if you press the space bar after typing the last letter/word which you would normally do in the real world.

For that reason, I do not recommend Kiran to intermediate users. It is, however, an ideal typing tutor for absolute beginners. The interface is user-friendly, and there is a large amount of typing instruction/practice available for both QWERTY and Dvorak keyboard layouts; it also includes 4 typing games.


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Quick Selection Guide

Stamina Typing Tutor
4.5
 
Gizmo's Freeware award as the best product in its class!

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Funny taunts. Can play songs in the mp3 format. Pretty interface. User friendly. Displays progress reports. Background image customizable. Exceptionally smooth typing. Good lesson layout. Can make your own lessons. Support for multiple keyboard layouts.
Lack of instruction
http://typingsoft.com/stamina.htm
2.5
4 MB
Unrestricted freeware
Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista

Additional funny sounds highly recommended! Download here.

Rapid Typing Tutor
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Colorful themes and a skinnable interface. Virtual keyboard with moving hands,progress tracking, and the capability for you to make your own lessons. Portable version available. Support for multiple keyboard layouts.
Confusing interface. Lack of instruction. Irregular typing.
http://www.rapidtyping.com/
4.6.6
8.4 MB
Unrestricted freeware
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista/7

Additional lessons, themes, and avatars can be found here.
v4.6.6 released 20 November, 2012
View release notes here

Kiran's Typing Tutor
3.5
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Large amount of typing instruction/practice available for both QWERTY and Dvorak keyboard layouts. Informative progress reports. User-friendly interface. Includes 4 typing games.
Typing design extremely flawed.
1.0
4.9 MB
Unrestricted freeware
Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista

 
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Comments

by cathy64 on 7. March 2014 - 15:12  (114870)

Hope this works.

by George.J on 3. January 2014 - 15:40  (113386)

Hi all, am the new editor of this category. This article is undergoing a major update. Do post your suggestions and your favorite typing tutors and I shall review them.

by arturmihno on 14. July 2013 - 18:46  (109236)

I recommend trying Ratatype.
It is really amazing typing tutor. http://www.ratatype.com

by oooverd on 8. March 2013 - 18:17  (106054)

I have made a free online typing training application where you can enter your own texts in any language or copy a text from a website directly and it will clean it up in plain text for you. You can also set up custom time and view comprehensive statistic typing info, quite detailed. Results are also explained and displayed graphically. The text can bi formatted to different sizes and fonts etc. You can try it out here http://protyper.bisbay.com

by AndrewLynn (not verified) on 26. October 2012 - 18:17  (101406)

Does anyone know a (free) typing tutor program that remembers every person who uses the program? It also has to work with [Commercial reference removed - please contact their support for the information you require]

by Rana Adeel (not verified) on 26. September 2012 - 10:20  (99770)

Kiran typing tutor is really awesome. I really like it
Thanks for sharing this great article with us.

by Max Torns (not verified) on 12. June 2012 - 14:05  (94739)

Thanks for the article. I also recommend TIPP10. I compared a lot of typing tutors for my son and ended up in TIPP10, which seems to be the best. It's much better than commercial ones and my son likes to train with that great and free piece of software.
Would be nice if the autor could add TIIPP10 to this article, I think it's incomplete without...

by Kla (not verified) on 25. May 2012 - 6:54  (93931)

I did use Stamina to learn how to type. It worked for me.
When I started to use it I was typing with only 2 fingers and in a short time I was able to type with all my fingers.

by George.J on 17. May 2012 - 2:49  (93572)

A brilliant typing tutor that is platform independent. Works on Win, Mac, Linux.
http://www.tipp10.com/en/index/

by naveed khan buneri (not verified) on 26. April 2012 - 8:33  (92629)

kirans typing is the best .i got so much from kirans typing tutor .thanx

by Boa (not verified) on 9. March 2012 - 9:19  (90127)

Stamina is the best software. User-friendly, easy to work, portable & small sized.

by Abhay Malhotra (not verified) on 3. December 2011 - 14:45  (84323)

All Tuters Are Nice But I Like Most Like KIRAN'S TYPING TUTER
It Teach Us Like A child From Low Stage...

by issa on 19. August 2010 - 14:47  (56356)

any recommendations for dvorak keyboard typing tutor?

by Anonymous on 13. May 2010 - 14:59  (49721)

I have problem while installing Keran's typing tutor in win 7,
"unable to register the Registetypelib failed".
Has anyone met the same problem?

by Anonymous on 13. May 2010 - 15:01  (49724)

btw, tried run as administrator already

by a1 (not verified) on 25. February 2010 - 23:47  (44499)

Hello World :)

I go to recommended "Stamina Typing Tutor" site, and find nice list of Freeware/Shareware Typing Software & Online Lessons & Exercises (speed tests):

http://typingsoft.com/all_typing_tutors.htm

(I find that recommended free online typing lessons is superb, as well as speed tests)

Thank you Gizmo for this site & all of you people who participate and share informations. God bless you all.

Soli Deo Gloria

by Anonymous on 21. January 2010 - 21:39  (41711)

Free online touch typing learning site www.typingstudy.com . 15 Lessons, speed tests and more

by Anonymous on 11. November 2009 - 23:38  (36448)

I've used RTT and learned to type correctly in only 2 weeks.. now I type with all of my fingers, but I guess I got used to the old way too much because no matter how hard I try, I still type in the same way when I am in a hurry. But thank you a lot for recommending STT... I haven't found it using google. Seems much better a software :(

by new61 on 17. November 2009 - 22:52  (36801)

Same for me. I Constantly have to tell myself to type correctly. It's something that you have to work at. My advice is that you give yourself a little more time to type whatever you are typing until you get fast enough that your "old way" becomes obsolete.

by stoffie on 10. September 2009 - 3:30  (32442)

Thanks for the articles! Stamina looks rather splendid.

We use TypeFaster at our workplace. Not bad.

http://www.typefastertypingtutor.com/

Cheers all, have a good day,

S

by new61 on 20. September 2009 - 17:04  (33013)

I tried typefaster typing tutor awhile back, and I didn't like it. Ugly interface, and bad typing design made it just like other typing tutors that lack ingenuity.

by Anonymous on 14. August 2009 - 14:42  (27085)

Typingweb.com is an awesome online typing tutor. Check out review at http://askvp.blogspot.com/2009/07/typingwebcom-learn-to-type-faster.html

by Anonymous on 19. May 2009 - 18:49  (21888)

What about Bruce's Unusual Typing Wizard!? I think it's the best free typing tuition software for beginners period.

http://typing.qcalculus.com/

by new61 on 29. May 2009 - 22:51  (22609)

Bruce used to be my first pick too, but after using Kirans Typing Tutor I found it to be a superior product.

by Alchemek on 19. May 2009 - 15:40  (21876)

Lol, typing programs. I wish I knew about these when I had first started learning to type. But eh, maybe it was better to have a teacher. Programs like this are great as an alternative, though.

by Anonymous on 30. April 2009 - 21:53  (20859)

Thanks! Very good post.

by Junkman on 12. April 2009 - 6:40  (19713)

Online typing tutor with a very simple approach,and there is no need to install extra software on ones PC.
http://keybr.com/

by Anonymous on 11. April 2009 - 21:18  (19704)

RapidTyping Typing Tutor: http://www.rapidtyping.com/

by new61 on 12. April 2009 - 22:26  (19761)

Thank you for the suggestion. I added it to the list.

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