Fix for not working accent menu macOS

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accent menu example


On both iOS and macOS you can hold a key on the keyboard to get the accent menu from which you can convert an e to ë by pressing the indicated number next. On my Mac this feature disabled itself after one of the recent updates. Pretty annoying and I tried a lot of things to get it back. Including reboots and changing the keyboard languages. Nothing helped untill I came across this bright comment. A simple tweak to re-enable the press-and-hold feature without rebooting or messing up other settings!

How to fix

Open Terminal app from Spotlight search or Launchpad. Then copy paste the following line and hit [enter] key:

defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool true

Now logout from the  Apple menu, log back in and it’s resolved!

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1 Comment

Fjshv9 · 21 February 2019 at 21:04

Thank you! I upgraded my 2015 Macbook Pro to High Sierra, and my long-press character menu quit working. I tried a few other things (I was nervous to try this solution) but this is the only thing that worked. I entered the text above, logged out, and logged back in, and now I can add character accents again. Thank you!

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