I never had a single issue with yosemite, until yestersday after updating to 10.10.2.

Now I press a key and hold it and it is not repeating anymore.

but the problem is selective. Spaces repeat. Symbols, punctuation mark repeats but numbers and letters don't.

Any way to make that work again?

Nope, that is set (look pic). enter image description here

  • no, this is the regular keyboard (imac). Found the solution. See my answer. Thanks anyway.
    – Duck
    Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 17:36
  • so when you pressed and hold a key there was a pop up showing the accent options for it! but it did not do the repeat ?
    – Ruskes
    Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 18:08
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    Commented Nov 21, 2015 at 23:13

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found the answer: type this on terminal

defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false

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