making keyboard repeat rate extremely fast

Discussion in 'macOS' started by orchistro, Sep 26, 2008.

  1. orchistro macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2008
    Seoul, Korea
    Hey guys!

    I'm wondering if there is any way to make my keyboard repeat rate extremely fast.
    I've already tried to adjust slide bars that appear on the keyboard/mouse section in the preference pane. But the maximum speed wasn't enough for me. It's only for people with great patience!

    So I tried to tweak system setting by using "defaults" command line utility.
    I found out that as I moved slide bars on preference window, InitialKeyRepeat and KeyRepeat values changed accordingly. (( KeyRepeat and InitialKeyRepeat keys are found wheh you type in "defaults read -g"))
    I decided to write a new value to those keys :

    $ defaults write 'Apple Global Domain' KeyRepeat 1

    But that didn't seem to have any effect.
    I thought that there must be something more. So I restarted the system.
    Unfortunately, after restarting the system, the autorepeat rate was even slower than before.
    It is frustrating to be unable to type in repeated characters in a speed of light!
    It really bugs me. Sometimes, I get angry because of it!

    Is there anyone that knows how to make the repeat rate even faster -- let's say, beyond the preference window's settings?

    Thankyou in advance :)

    I'm on OSX 10.5.5
  2. donga macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2005
    why would you want the repeat rate so fast?

    the fastest setting already makes my eyes hurt :eek:
  3. spektrs macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2009
    i also wana to know how i can make it rate faster !!!
  4. lordthistle macrumors 6502

    Feb 29, 2008
    Then we understand why you don't want it faster (even if - may be - we aren't that interested in being acknowledge of that).

  5. IvanQ macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2009

    It turns out that you have to specify the type of value (integer in this case), otherwise the number gets written as a string value and is ignored.

    defaults write "Apple Global Domain" KeyRepeat -int 0

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