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10.7: Key repeating System 10.7
The default key repeating behavior in Mac OS 10.7 has changed.

Holding down certain keys in Mac OS 10.7 by default no longer repeats the key, it either brings up a little choice box of variations on that letter (such as various accents and so forth), or does nothing but type the key once. I have not found a place in the GUI where modifying this behavior is exposed, but the following defaults command turns it off:

defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false

Of course, changing it back to true, or deleting the key restores the original behavior. I haven't investigated this fully, but it appears that any running application must be quit and re-launched for the changed behavior to activate.

[crarko adds: This is basically the same thing as this earlier hint, but in a different context, so I'm putting it in to make life a little easier for people who search, and several people submitted this idea.]
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10.7: Key repeating
Authored by: chabig on Aug 10, '11 10:33:52AM

I think Apple made the right move here. I can't remember when I used key repeating last.

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10.7: Key repeating
Authored by: leamanc on Aug 10, '11 12:05:44PM

Indeed. I think it was probably 1987 on a Mac Plus, just to show someone that it can be done. Any other time, it was unintentional (holding my finger on a key too long).

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10.7: Key repeating
Authored by: dezzie on Aug 11, '11 12:19:48AM

Actually, key repeat still works on certain keys -- essentially non-alphanumeric characters. This seems very logical, and means I can still use hyphen to quickly underline a sentence in a text document.

Terminal still repeats all keys.

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10.7: Key repeating
Authored by: gsjr on Apr 26, '13 08:42:28AM

Please tell me why this works on NOTES, MS WORD, but it does not work on Apple's own PAGES ?

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