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I have both an internal and external keyboard but the key-repeat has stopped working. I've tried changing both 'Key Repeat' and 'Delay Until Repeat' as shown below but no setting seems to be helping.

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This is a brand new mac (5 weeks old).

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What OS are your using? Did you recently upgrade to Lion/Mountain Lion? What computer model are you using? – de_an777 Jul 31 '12 at 21:29
updated with the fact it is new – Michael Durrant Jul 31 '12 at 23:12
And repeat used to work, but now it doesn't? – Daniel Jul 31 '12 at 23:17
Try this command: defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false – pasawaya Aug 1 '12 at 7:59
I have the same problem, and my Mac is new from 3 days ! I have Mavericks. Key repeating was working, but not fast enough to my taste. So I went to the Keyboard System Prefs, and now key repeating has stopped working. – Nicolas Barbulesco Dec 1 '13 at 10:39

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Well it looks like there are a couple solutions:

Option 1. Enter this in terminal: defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false. To disable repeating keys again, enter the same command except change the false to true.

Option 2. Download Mountain Tweaks (I assume you're on Mountain Lion, if not, download Lion Tweaks) and click the "Yes" option for "Enable Repeating Keys":

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+1 It helped a LOT. Perfect! Thanks! – Michael Durrant Aug 1 '12 at 14:19
btw I was just on regular lion but this download worked on it fine. – Michael Durrant Aug 1 '12 at 14:20
+1 Ran into this problem on a new Mountain Lion install and this was just the fix I needed – Cam Aug 20 '12 at 23:33
The defaults write command requires a restart to take effect. – stiemannkj1 Aug 12 '14 at 13:28
PressAndHold is the opposite of what I thought as a new OS X user. Setting this to true brings up an alternate keys menu for certain keys, not allows repeating keys (set to false if you want repeating keys for characters and numbers) – RationalDev Oct 22 at 7:30

Hmm, on OS 10.8.2 the command given above seems to have no effect (keys do repeat in terminal window whether true or false is used in this command. Keys do not repeat in Word ot TextWrangler whether or not the variable ApplePressAndHoldEnabled is true or false). I also don't know why my keyboard has suddenly stopped repeating (particularly as the system preferences are still set for repeat).

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Ah, a restart is necessary after entering the 'defaults write...' command. – user45062 Mar 13 '13 at 20:47
It seems than logging out and in work too after entering the command. – Nicolas Barbulesco Dec 1 '13 at 10:45
Good news ! For this command trick to work in an open application, relaunching the application is enough. – Nicolas Barbulesco Dec 1 '13 at 11:17

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