How to turn those additional characters off? After updating to macOS Sierra when I hit a key a little bit longer (it's the same amount of time I always did) i get this and it's constantly disrupting my flow

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skacperski, SystemPreferences->Keyboard->Keyboard tab: set Key Repeat to Off (slide to the left completely: This will stop displaying the Character Picker. But it does not repeat the character when key is pressed.


This "feature" has been around for a few years. See if this helps:



Here's the link:


Here's what you have to do:

Step 1. Go to Terminal (search from Spotlight):

Step 2. Type in this code: defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false;

Step 3: Logout.

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