Friday, July 22, 2011

OS X 10.7 Lion: Getting Rid of "Character Picker"

A new Lion feature taken over from iOS is the "Character Picker", which generates a popup menu of accented characters when you hold down the base letter on the keyboard. Some users detest this, as it stops the key repeat function which normally results when you hold down a key. To get rid of Character Picker, open Terminal and type

defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false

and then restart.


kylekylekyle said...

yay thanks! been bugging me!!r

Nathan said...

I don't know about other language inputs, but I'm using ATOK 2009 (and I believe I tried this on kotoeri too) but if you are using the roman character input from these language inputs, the repeat function still works :)

Mac said...

"Interestingly, you can set this preference on a per-application basis. So you can enable key-repeat for, say, TextEdit but not for Safari by using e.g. instead of the global domain."