With a simple name like Typing Quick and Easy you know exactly what you’re going to get from this software. It helps kids learn to type quickly and easily, even if it does so with little flair. Unlike many of the programs on our guide to the best typing software for kids, this one doesn’t rely on fun presentation techniques like virtual tutors or game-like themes, but focuses on teaching solid lessons in simple, creative ways.
That means it’s more suited to older children, as it lacks the fun of rivals such as Mavis Beacon Keyboarding Kidz. While there are games and neat little presentation tricks here, it’s a little dry for some tastes, and is unlikely to hold the attention of younger users.
Typing Quick and Easy boasts more than 50 typing lessons and 18 typing tests to help children build strong and fluent touch-typing capabilities. To keep your young typist involved and entertained, this software offers eight typing games, which is disappointing when compared to Typing Instructor for Kids Platinum - a game in itself. You or your child can choose the challenge level, how long to play and set a words-per-minute (WPM) goal. The application's library of more than 250 practice articles and short stories is exceptionally valuable. Such a wide variety ensures that there is something appealing for your child and that he or she always has fresh practice material.
The application auto-saves all results, so if your child leaves the software in the middle of a lesson, the progress he or she made up to that moment is not lost. You can also customize many options. These include WPM goals, adjustable fonts and sound effects for correct and incorrect keystrokes. If your child is struggling with specific keys or fingers, you can create a custom typing lesson that targets those particular areas.
One thing we do like is the ability to add customized goals into lessons, to make learning more personal. It doesn’t change the core experience, but is a neat way to make some tests more relatable and tailored to your kids, and does somewhat make up for the lack of personality elsewhere.
Typing Quick and Easy review: Games
Compatible with: Windows PCs
Suitable for: 7+ years
There are eight games here to help kids learn, and while not a huge amount, they are very creative. Diamond Glider is a fun rhythm typing game, and is genuinely enjoyable, while Flotsam Fighter 2 sees you clearing alien junk by typing. What we like about the games here is that they aren’t exclusively about speed and accuracy, and they do mix up your objectives a little. No, they can’t compare to specialist typing games online, but they’re an excellent way to reinforce the lessons your kids will learn elsewhere in Typing Quick and Easy.
Typing Quick and Easy review: Extras
One feature that will appeal to kids, especially older ones, is the ability to listen to music while they work – a feature that will undoubtedly keep kids typing. The software comes with more than 50 built-in tracks that can help children develop a typing rhythm and increase their speed.
Typing Quick & Easy provides the reporting options that are important in kids typing software. Results are immediately available after every exercise and typing test, and include an accuracy percentage and an adjusted WPM rate – calculated by subtracting the number of typing errors from the gross WPM. Just like with Mickey's Typing Adventure, you can also view performance results based on certain fingers, left or right hand only, and specific keys and rows.
You can print performance reports and certificates of achievement, which are welcome rewards for genuine accomplishments. You can keep kids typing by displaying their progress reports and achievement certificates prominently.
Should you buy Typing Quick and Easy?
This kids typing software only allows one user per license and lacks a virtual typing tutor, but Typing Quick and Easy remains a solid choice. The application delivers easy navigation, detailed progress reporting, and games that will engage most typists. It’s a little dry in places, but will do the job extremely well if you’re home-schooling kids and happen to be stuck indoors.