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CCeee Level 1 Level 1

why when I hold the "e" key down and various other keys it doesn't just repeat the letter?? and how do I MAKE it repeat the letter??


can anyone help me? I tend to use my letters in that fashion a lot




Weeeeeee for excitement
yaaaaaay etc etc


whilst I respect it's not a lot of effort to press the button a few times I do prefer just having to press and hold :/

  • stedman1 Level 9 Level 9

    Check: System Preferences - Keyboard - Keyboard tab - Key Repeat = ???

  • --A--C-- Level 2 Level 2

    look into your keyboard settings in preferences

    play with the sliders until you are satisfied

  • CCeee Level 1 Level 1

    I have done both of these things and nothing changes I have moved the sliders left right in varying degrees and I still can't hold my "e" down :/

  • stedman1 Level 9 Level 9

    Can we assume this is on a Mac, not an iPad/iPhone?

  • CCeee Level 1 Level 1

    that is correct newly bought macbook pro retina

  • --A--C-- Level 2 Level 2

    also have a look into the accessability pane (also in preferences), you find some keyboard settings there too

  • CCeee Level 1 Level 1

    nope nothing there is making it change either this is annoying
    I have tried this down-in-mac-os-x-lion




    wether I'm doing it right is debatable

  • CCeee Level 1 Level 1

    even my arrow keys don't move when I hold them down it's a very bad feature imo

  • Eric Root Level 9 Level 9
    Mac OS X

    Do you have access to another keyboard that you could experiment with?


    Keyboard Keys Do Not Respond


    Try setting up another admin user account to see if the same problem continues. If Back-to-My Mac is selected in System Preferences, the Guest account will not work. The intent is to see if it is specific to one account or a system wide problem. This account can be deleted later.


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  • William Lloyd Level 7 Level 7

    Keys like 'e' won't repeat.  With Mountain Lion, it now makes it easy for you to create accented letters like è é ê ë ē ė ė, in this mult-language world ;-)  I don't know how to revert to auto-repeat.


    Arrow keys, however, *should* repeat.  It works fine for me.

  • Barney-15E Level 8 Level 8

    Why don't keys repeat? Because nobody wants to read your "weeeeeee" and "yaaaaaaay" messages.


    You can change the behavior back to repeating with this command in Terminal:


    defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false


    Change false to true to change it back.

  • playerzero Level 1 Level 1

    but we all want to read barney's smartass comments.


    btw, the terminal solution mostly works for me, but now every once in a while all keys/trackpad will stop responding and just repeat the last key i pressed 20 or so times, even though i'm not holding it. this may or may not be related, but something to keep an eye out for if you use the terminal fix. i changed it back becuase the random erroneous repetionnnnnnnnnnnnnnn was more annoying than having to press the key multiple times when i want it.

  • Mac OS 9000 Level 2 Level 2

    This worked for me, thanks. It was so dumb for them to remove key repeating without having a real option to enable it. Come on, nobody cares about typing ê and stuff.

  • Jo Desmet Level 1 Level 1

    Well I use to care more, but now the auto-correction stuff does so nice a job that a word like België still comes out fine ... and hey I am a vi user ... you know ... h-j-k-l ... same like arrow keys ...

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