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I used to delete characters continuously by pressing my delete key on apple keyboard but for some reason now I can not do it. I have to release and press again to delete the previous character.

For example:

If I have a line like "This is a text to delete". In the past, I will just place my cursor at the end of the sentence.. e.g after delete and keep pressing delete key until the entire sentence is removed. Now, I have press the delete key and release for every character.

I have set keyboard setting to default but still see the same issue.

Any ideas?

Thanks, Rj

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Are other keys like the arrow keys repeated? –  ؘؘؘؘ Feb 25 '13 at 6:24

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This might be a setting in your keyboard system preferences panel. Try adjusting your Key Repeat setting as shown: Keyboard system preferences screenshot

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thanks I've been wondering about this for a few past os's –  rclyde Feb 25 '13 at 21:43

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