I just got Yosemite and now my Press and hold accent capability seems to have disappeared with my old software.

I tried using /System/Library/Input Methods/PressAndHold.app in Terminal to find Press And Hold but it comes up saying

-bash: System/Library/Input: No such file or directory

and I am not even able to use defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool true

to enable it. Please help!

  • As the answer shows you have two questions here please edit this one down and create another
    – mmmmmm
    Nov 18, 2014 at 20:21

2 Answers 2


I just realised you need to restart the device for it to take effect...


Your error in Terminal happened because you didn’t escape the space. It read /System/Library/Input as one thing, and Methods/PressAndHold.app as another separate thing. And if you don’t tell it to open the app, it’ll just complain that the app bundle is a directory.

What you needed to do was either type a backslash \ before the space (this is done automatically if you drag a file into the Terminal window or autocomplete a name by pressing tab):

$ open /System/Library/Input\ Methods/PressAndHold.app

or put quotes around the whole path:

$ open "/System/Library/Input Methods/PressAndHold.app"

Or just navigate to the app in Finder and double-click it.

Doesn’t really answer the problem you asked about, but I hope this helps you in using Terminal.

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