A speed typing method and apparatus having multiple letters associated with each key of a keyboard. By utilizing multiple characters on each key, fewer than 26 letter keys may be employed. Each key on the keyboard is associated with a numerical code. The system uses the numerical code associated with a typed word to access a dictionary or table of words stored in memory at a memory location corresponding to the input numerical code. The system may display all of the words available to the user in response to the input code. The user then selects one of the available words to be placed in the document. Alternatively the system may enable display of one or more preferred words.