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Before upgrading to macOS Sierra, I really liked the Character Accent Menu by doing a long press on a key (for example, the character e) and being able to add an accent on it.

However, this functionality seems to not work anymore, and so far, I can't find out why?

Also, before, doing a long press on the delete button, would repeatly delete characters. Now, it is doing only one character deletion disregarding how long I'm pressing the key. So if I want to erase 10 characters, I need to press the delete button 10 times...

Also, I am not able to log off or shut down. When doing it, all applications are closed, status bar disappears but nothing happens. The dock remains here. I have no way to shut down or log out without doing a long press on the power button.

Is someone facing the same issue?

EDIT : Logging with a new user account or guest account fix all the problems. But I still would like to know what, in my user account, became corrupted during the upgrade.

  • I'm not have those issues, however I did a clean install not an upgrade. – user3439894 Sep 23 '16 at 4:19
  • I had the same problem but it disappeared after rebooting so: have you tried turning it off and on again? – user202713 Sep 23 '16 at 7:12
  • Go to your Keyboard Preferences -> Keyboard. What's your key repeat? – Edric Sep 23 '16 at 7:38
  • Preferences are good. I rebooted the computer many times, problem is remaining. I also clear all the machine and user preferences related to the system and keyboard, ... Play with the different values for this command: defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false No changes. – ZouBi Sep 23 '16 at 8:53
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Found the solution. Go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard tab > Modifier Keys(bottom right corner). Now press restore defaults and see if that works.

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Try adding a French or Spanish input source to your list in system prefs/keyboard/input sources and restart.

  • French was always in my input source as it is my native language. I removed and added it, reboot. Nothing change. I can use the French input source but I would like to avoid switching between, and remember also the keys. Also, this key repeaters is bothering me. Not working at all. – ZouBi Sep 24 '16 at 8:35
  • Have you installed any antivirus stuff like webroot? This can cause such problems. – Tom Gewecke Sep 24 '16 at 12:59
  • Not at all. As I mentionned, this issue appeared right after upgrading to MacOS Sierra. – ZouBi Sep 25 '16 at 4:28
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    Try setting up a new account and see if it has same problem. – Tom Gewecke Sep 25 '16 at 4:35
  • Using a guest user make all the problems disappear indeed. It might be the fastest solution but my curiosity makes me wanna know what's the real problem behind my user account. – ZouBi Sep 26 '16 at 1:11
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As @kees said, just try to reboot.

On mine, no problem with this tool.

  • Preferences are good. I rebooted the computer many times, problem is remaining. I also clear all the machine and user preferences related to the system and keyboard, ... Play with the different values for this command: defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false No changes. – ZouBi Sep 23 '16 at 8:53
  • Is the Char View working well without the holding? Control-Command-Space to open it – Zooly Sep 23 '16 at 9:34
  • Char View is good. – ZouBi Sep 23 '16 at 9:35
  • After the command line, did you reboot ? – Zooly Sep 23 '16 at 9:40
  • Yes of course. But I found this another bug. When I try to shutdown/reboot/log out, all the applications are being closed, the dock too. But then only my wallpaper remains and my mouse. I can't do anything else except hard reboot by long pressing the power button... My system might be corrupted somewhere. – ZouBi Sep 23 '16 at 10:21
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I could fix the issue by following the steps here: https://www.cnet.com/news/fix-keyboard-input-not-behaving-properly-in-os-x/

Quite simple. Sorry for the troubles.

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    While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. – grg Oct 2 '17 at 9:36
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I've just got the answer to this from Apple. Go into Settings, Keyboard and make sure the Key Repeat slider is set to Slow and the Delay Until Repeat slider is set to Short. That fixes it. If the keyboard is working too fast, the menu won't appear.

  • Welcome to Ask Different! I don't see how this answer relates to the OP's question. – Allan Jan 11 '17 at 16:20
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Go to system preferences, then keyboard then go to where it says "Delay Until Repeat" drag it to "long". that will get your accents back to keeping the key depressed like for "día"...you have to keep it pressed

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Open up the terminal and type in:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool true

This will toggle the Character accent menu.

  • Comments indicate this has been tried already various times. – Tom Gewecke Sep 23 '16 at 13:14
  • Actually you have to log off or reboot after entering this command in terminal in order to make this work. Just saying, to give a chance to this answer as well – bosch Feb 6 at 13:29
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You just have to hold: option + e than press your letter to put the accent.

  • Suggest you delete this as it makes it look like you did not read or understand the question – Tom Gewecke Oct 26 '17 at 2:30

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