Turn On Key Repeat For MacOS Text Editors]
November 11, 2020 by Areg Sarkissian
By default for when you press and hold a key on MacOS, the key does not repeat.
To fix this for various text editors use the commands specified below for your editors.
Turn on key repeat commands for individual editors
In the terminal command line type the command for the applications you need out of the ones I use.
#the following 3 commands are for the 3 editors that I use defaults write com.microsoft.VSCode ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false defaults write com.jetbrains.PhpStorm ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false defaults write com.sublimetext.3 ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false #turn on keyrepeat for Gmail defaults write com.google.chrome ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false #turn on for the MacOS default editor app defaults write com.apple.TextEdit ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false
If the command for your editor does not seem to work, try removing the global defaults
defaults delete -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled
Turn on key repeat commands globally for all apps
You may want to turn on key repeat globally for all apps using the command below
defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false