6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 8, 2011 11:49 AM by Beetone
Beetone Level 2 Level 2 (320 points)

I understood that with OS 10.7 if a key is held down it will display the related diacritic characters - for example, if E is held down it would display é, among others. This feature does not appear to be working and I wonder if the feature is available with Lion.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • CT Level 6 Level 6 (17,440 points)

    First thing to double-check:  System Preferences, Keyboard - you have the key repeat turned on?



  • SP Forsythe Level 5 Level 5 (5,320 points)

    I find that if I have Key Repeat in Keyboard Preferences turned on, the diacritic character function works in Apple Applications (e.g. Pages, Text Editor) and repeating will not function, but in non-Apple applications the keys simply repeat.


    If I turn off Key Repeat, the diacritic character function does not work anywhere, nor do the keys repeat in any application.


    How's that for intutive behaviour?

  • Beetone Level 2 Level 2 (320 points)

    My first thought was to check that key repeat was turned off in System Preferences. Regrettably, it seems to mean what it says, in contrast to SP Forsythe’s experience.

    I should mention that I have been trying out the feature with Pages and TextEdit.

  • CT Level 6 Level 6 (17,440 points)

    I am not certain what you are saying here, but key repeat has to be turned on in System Preferences, Keyboard for diacritical stuff to work. And the delay until repeat setting controls how long it takes for the special character pop-up menu to appear.  If this does not work for you, what happens when you press and hold, say, the e key?  Nothing? Repeated e?  Does the undesired behavior persist in a new (or Guest) user account?



  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (76,000 points)

    If it does not work with key repeat turned on, is there any chance someone else used your machine and got rid of the feature using the Terminal fix?



  • Beetone Level 2 Level 2 (320 points)

    OK!   I have turned on key repeat in systems preferences, as you suggest, and if I press and hold the E key I get a repeated e.

    No - there is no possibility that the feature was disabled. My MacBook Pro is just out of the box two weeks ago.