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I used to delete characters continuously by pressing my delete key on apple keyboard but for some reason now I can not do it. I have to release and press again to delete the previous character.

For example:

If I have a line like "This is a text to delete". In the past, I will just place my cursor at the end of the sentence.. e.g after delete and keep pressing delete key until the entire sentence is removed. Now, I have press the delete key and release for every character.

I have set keyboard setting to default but still see the same issue.

Any ideas?

Thanks, Rj

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    Are other keys like the arrow keys repeated?
    – Lri
    Feb 25, 2013 at 6:24

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This might be a setting in your keyboard system preferences panel. Try adjusting your Key Repeat setting as shown: Keyboard system preferences screenshot

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  • thanks I've been wondering about this for a few past os's
    – rclyde
    Feb 25, 2013 at 21:43
  • After update to Sierra, even though my sliders above were set correctly, key repeating wouldn't work. For me, it was enough to just move them a little and then move back.
    – meeDamian
    Aug 13, 2016 at 7:43
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    on mac-os ventura i have to adjust the Delay until Repeat to Short as well
    – Sam
    Nov 16, 2022 at 23:26
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Go to settings - keyboard - key repeat, change to fast - delay until repeat, change to short. this is how it should look for fastest results

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Reducing the Delay Until Repeat to short will also reduce the wait before the cursor starts moving.

Alternative Method: Holding down the option key while hitting delete enables you to delete a word at each press (except for punctuation).

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  • Thanks. This helped me. It allowed me to delete at least one word at a time. Before it would only delete a letter at a time. Delete key used to delete an entire sentence but something went wrong. Deleting one word at a time really helps.
    – user191578
    Jul 10, 2016 at 18:42
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go to settings. click on keyboard icon. under on screen key board, look for filter keys and turn it off.

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