Why does delete/backspace go so slow?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Tannerozzy, Jun 30, 2008.

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    Tannerozzy

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    I'm fairly new to macs. I got my first a few months ago (the Air) and I LOVE it! But something has been bugging me since I got it.

    When you delete text on windows you hold backspace and it deletes the characters one at a time for about half a second, then it speeds up a lot and deletes them quickly. I can't figure out how to do that on a mac though. When you backspace on a mac you hold delete but it never speeds up.

    I've looked through forums and stuff and can't find anything else on this problem. I don't know if that means there's a really simple solution, or if it's just something that nobody really cares enough about to mention.

    Has anybody else noticed this, or have a solution?
     
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    Selecting the text is faster than holding Delete. That's Apple's reasoning.

    Oh, and if it goes too fast, you have a tendency to delete more than you wanted to. I do, at least.
     
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    Tannerozzy

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    Man, that's horrible reasoning :(
    I don't really think it's faster to move from the keyboard to the mouse, selecting it with the mouse then pressing delete. I'd rather just hold delete til I got where I needed.

    And yea, I guess I could see how deleting too much could be an issue. But I've used windows for 15 years before my mac... I've pretty much gotten down exactly how long to hold it.

    So there isn't any kind of application out there that will do this?
     
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    Part of switching to OS X is to not make it be Windows. Let it do its thing; it knows what's best.

    Granted, change settings so you're happy, but Delete is Delete. You can't really change that, and there's no market for apps that do.
     
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    Tannerozzy

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    Understandable.

    Thanks for the help :)
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    Click on the :apple: Button in the Top Left Corner of the Screen

    Go to System Preferences

    Click on Keyboard & Mouse

    In the Keyboard Tab, switch Key Repeat Rate to fastest. This increases the speed of holding down the backspace.

    (Note: Make sure that Delay Until Repeat setting IS NOT at OFF)

    Hope this helps,

    Devin
     
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    You can make your selection from the keyboard without using the mouse, Click where you want to start or end, then "Shift Click" the other end of what you want selected and hit delete.
     
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    CANONinDevin - thank you

    (Note: Make sure that Delay Until Repeat setting IS NOT at OFF)

    Because for years I have had this problem too. I don't want to use the mouse. I don't want to highlight and delete. I do not want to hit the delete key ten times to go back one space at a time.

    I never paid attention to see that the 'Delay Until Repeat' slider has the (Off)Long-Short. Move the slider all the way to short and then the delete key will act just like you are using backspace on a windows pc.

    Thank you again.
     
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    How to delete texts quickly on the mac

    1. Go to system preferences. [​IMG]

    2. Click on keyboard. It is located in the second row.

    3. Adjust "delay to repeat" to the highest.
     
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    Perhaps I may propose a different approach. Why not using keychords? Every cocoa based text field (i.e. most text fields) support a small set of keychords.

    ALT-Backspace => delete by word
    APPLE-Backspace => delete line
    CTRL-k => delete text right of cursor

    I think ALT-Backspace usually is much faster than waiting for the backspace to ramp up the delete speed.
     

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