If you are using the one-finger hovering technique when you use a computer keyboard, you may have noticed that it is not the most effective method of getting things done. Even if you only manage to start using multiple fingers, you will be able to speed up your typing considerably.
Rational Typists is a free program for Windows that helps you improve your computer keyboard typing skills. It is not your usual typing tutor though, that is showing you how to place your fingers, or asking you to type the same letter over and over again until you get it right (for that, see Typing Course, for a playful learning service, Rapid Typing instead)
The program launches in test mode once you start it. This is one of the four modes that the program offers.
Statistics are displayed after use, giving you information about the typing speeds and the errors that you have made. You can load a text file into the program to use it to improve your typing skills this way.
Probably the biggest issue that some users may have with the application is that it only supports English, French and Russian keyboards, which means that the program is not usable if a different keyboard layout is being used. The second issue is that there is no tutorial or even help available, which means that it is not for beginners, or even intermediate computer users.
If you are looking for a program that lets you improve your typing speed or accuracy using your own texts, then this one may be the program you are looking for. Rational Typist is available at Freeware Files. The software is compatible with all recent and not so recent 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Windows operating system (from Windows ME to the very latest version).
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