How do I stop character popup when typing?

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  1. robgendreau, Dec 10, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2013

    robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    I've got this little character popup that keeps showing up to display accented characters, and slows down typing. I can't seem to find a way to make it go away, and I'm not even sure of it's source (system or added software). I've tried different keyboard layouts (US, Canadian, PC) to no effect, as well as setting relating to the Character Viewer (the big one in System Preferences). The only other utility I could think of was Typinator, but it's not in there either. Seems to occur mostly in Safari when writing in forums like this.

    Here's the little devil below.

    Oops. Found it; turns out it is the ApplePressAndHoldEnabled preference. See this page:

    I have no idea how I enabled it, but now it's off. You can use Terminal or, as I did, MacPilot or similar utility.

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  2. guitarman777 macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2005
    Orlando, FL
    I seem to remember fixing this within System Prefs, lemme take a peek...

    Then again, I believe you're right! MacPilot is where I fixed that. TinkerTool also has that option under General > Keyboard.
  3. robgendreau thread starter macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    Kind of odd that a useful addition like this would be so hidden.
  4. 50548 Guest

    Apr 17, 2005
    Currently in Switzerland
    Just type this in Terminal and then log out/back in again:

    defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false

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