Have you ever wanted to know how fast you type, but not open a typing program like Mavis Beacon typing teaching software which tells you how fast you are typing. Well, there is now a small program created by Dana Hanna which display the “Words per minute” rate which you are typing, so you know how fast you are typing by looking at a green square in your system tray icon.
The Software is called AnAppADay.WPMTray.WinApp or WPM Tray 1.0. All you have to do is download the zip file and extract the two files from with in the zip file, and run it.
A green square will appear, and as you type faster the number will become larger to reflect the increase in typing speed.
This little app will help you learn to type faster, or motivate you to type faster, so you can increase the number to a higher number while you are typing. When you are typing faster, you can get more work done in a shorter amount of time since more words are being type onto your document with a faster wpm rate.
If you want this program to load everytime you start your computer, create a desktop shortcut, and move the shortcut for WPM Tray 1.0 to the Start menu and place it in the start up folder. Now everytime your computer loads up Windows, it will start WPM Tray in the Windows System Tray.
I been using WPM Tray 1.0 for Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium and it works great at tracking how fast I am typing on Windows. It also motivates me to type faster since I want the green box to display a higher wpm rate.
You can download WPM Tray 1.0 at
Tips for improving your Word Per Minute rate while typing:
1. Use a Typing teaching program like Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 18 to train yourself to type faster and more accurately.
2. Play computer games like Real Time Strategy games like Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty which requires a lot of keyboard short cuts and mouse movement to be a pro at the game.
3. Buy a more comfortable keyboard like Microsoft Natural Ergo Keyboard 4000 which will allow you to type faster for a longer amount of time.