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So it seems you have an either/or choice for the character accent menu or normal press-and-hold for key repeat behaviour.

Surely it's possible to have press and hold bring up the Character Picker accent menu, then - after a set delay - start repeating? Is there any way to enable this behaviour?

  • show us an example of what you trying to achieve! repeat what, the special character? – Ruskes Jan 16 '15 at 18:35
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    I think he means: he has it set so he can do à and á when he holds down the a key, but sometimes he just wants to do aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa by holding down the a key. – GEdgar Jan 16 '15 at 22:03
  • @Buscar웃 - e.g. Simply hold down 'a', up pops Character Picker then, if nothing picked within x seconds, 'a' repeats according to normal settings producing 'aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa'... – Turkeyphant Jan 17 '15 at 19:36
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OK I think I finally understood what you want, and that is not possible.

Holding a key will bring up that character accents.

But you do not want to pick one you only want to have the pressed key repeat.

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

So to do that you need following command in Terminal to enable it.

defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false

Since the keyboard is initialized during the boot cycle, you need to restart for it to take effect.

To set it back just use True at the end instead of false.

Unfortunately that will disable the "Accents" pop up since those 2 functions are conflicting.

Writing a Script that switches the function for the press and hold is useless since you would need to restart anyway.

  • @TomGewecke I am also aware that having both is not possible, since there is only one trigger (press and hold). – Ruskes Jan 18 '15 at 0:00
  • No. As I said: Simply hold down 'a', up pops Character Picker then, if nothing picked within x seconds, 'a' repeats according to normal settings producing 'aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa'... The question is how to have both. – Turkeyphant Jan 19 '15 at 0:07
  • I know, I got that, but it does not exist, there is a setting to delay the start of repeat, but I can not find a set up where the accent pop comes on first then after time set it changes in to repeat. – Ruskes Jan 19 '15 at 0:32
  • Hence my question... – Turkeyphant Jan 20 '15 at 1:43
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    Not exactly an answer, but you can start the accent by pressing Option - <accented sound> before typing the accented character. For example, I can type Option - E followed by E to type é, or maybe ó. This is how I enable key repeat and maintain the option to type accented characters. Hope it helps! – sayzlim Dec 19 '17 at 16:47

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