In macOS, if you hold down certain keys on your keyboard, a palette appears, showing you accented or alternate characters that you can choose from. For example, if you hold down the letter O, a palette with ô, ö, ò, ó, œ,, and appears, each with a number below. Press the number that corresponds to the desired character.
Due to this feature, however, you can no longer press and hold the keys to make them repeat, which makes typing a bit more difficult. woooooooooooooooooo, for example.
You can use the terminal to turn off the macOS Character Palette and restore key repeatability. It’s pretty straightforward. In Terminal (/ Applications / Utilities) paste the command below and hit Return.
Now log out of your account and log back in. You will find that you can press and hold repeated letters without any worries in the world. Wooooooooooooooooo!
To stop the keystroke behavior and restore the character palette, copy this command and paste it into Terminal, then replace false with true. Log out of your Mac and log back in to implement the change.
Lex is a former writer for Macworld. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and three children.