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I can't get my Mac (10.13.6) to repeat letter keys when held: "fffffffffffffff" has to be typed out manually.

Delete and symbols repeat as expected and follow the keyboard control panel settings just fine.

I've also been googling around and found the toggle setting for ApplePressAndHoldEnabled and it is set to false:

[2019-03-07 10:01:30 /Users/Locane ]$ defaults read -g applepressandholdenabled
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I've been through 2 reboots, restarted applications... I don't know what to try next.

  • 1) Try creating a new login account and see if the problem happens there. If it works, the problem is caused by a user setting. 2) Check Accessibility settings. Some of these can be activated unknowingly and may affect what you're experiencing 3) Test every key on the keyboard and report which ones repeat and not. Sounds strange that only letters don't repeat. – forthrin Mar 8 at 9:56

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