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When pressing and holding a keyboard button, i.e. an a, a character pops up.

PressAndHold

I recall that I was somehow able to change how long I need to hold a key until the Picker pops up on Yosemite. I cannot find a place to change the popup speed on Mavericks though.

defaults read -g | grep -i press does not return anything.

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    I'd say not a dupe, as the option wasn't directly switchable before Yosemite, so the answer wasn't as simple. – Tetsujin Apr 14 '15 at 18:16
  • … and, apologies… I only just realised the question is for Mavericks <facepalm> – Tetsujin Apr 14 '15 at 18:17
  • I don't see this as a duplicate, since it seems there has been a change in how this setting could be set. I believe it was possible to set this via defaults write someoption in Yosemite. – jottr Apr 14 '15 at 18:21
  • Did it work from prefs in Mavericks too? – Tetsujin Apr 14 '15 at 18:36
  • It seems to have worked, yes. – jottr Apr 14 '15 at 18:36
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Apparently, this works for both Mavericks & Yosemite...

You can do it right from the prefs

System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard

Set Delay until repeat

It works for the accent pop-up just the same as it does for 'regular' key repeat

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