Mac OSX Keyboard Repeat

Skill Required: Minimal

Time Required: Two Minutes

Thought I’d start easy! This is confirmed to be working on OSX El Capitan and previous versions such as OSX Yosemite, Mountain Lion – If the method changes I shall keep you informed with the latest information and updates.

A simple yet very handy trick that you can do with Mac desktops and laptop’s is the ability that any windows machine has, where you are able to hold the key down and it will continue to repeat rather than displaying language and symbol options. It may be referred to as many different methods such as OSX Keyboard repeat however the method below shall help you to convert your operating system to it’s new method.

Start by opening ‘Terminal’ which is available by search (looking-glass on the top right of your screen) or you may wish to open Launchpad and navigate to the ‘Other’ folder, within here Terminal is available.

Once Terminal is open, you can paste the following command, press enter for it to submit, once this has been done you’re free to close Terminal and restart the machine.

defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false

To revert back to the original setting then you just enter the following instead, this will enable the Mac to use symbols when the key is held down.

defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool true

A restart is required for either of these to take effect.

You’re now free to test this and the language options shall not appear once this moderation is active, you shall have to revert it back to the original setting to get those options to re-appear.


If you’re stuck feel free to comment below and I will aim to do my best to assist you in helping you achieve this however I wish you all the best with your now key repeating keyboard.

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