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Need to figure uit: MacOS High Sierra suddenly holding a key down does not produce an accented character any more

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/06/21

Logging on as a different user, holding a vowel key produces a small menu with accented characters.

Inspecting the keyboard preferences for both users did not show obvious differences.

On my list to figure out if it ever happens again.

These links might help me then:

This failed me on a few  occasions so far.

Sometimes a reboot is required. Sometimes quitting the most memory hungry applications, then restarting them (Chrome! Microsoft Remote Desktop!) re-enables it.

Related twitter thread below.

Learned new shortcut Command+Option+Space: shows the character viewer:

More of these at [WayBack] Mac keyboard shortcuts – Apple Support

There I learned about these Sleep, log out, and shut down shortcuts:

You might need to press and hold some of these shortcuts for slightly longer than other shortcuts. This helps you to avoid using them unintentionally.

  • Power button: Press to turn on your Mac or wake it from sleep. Press and hold for 1.5 seconds to put your Mac to sleep.* Continue holding to force your Mac to turn off.
  • Option–Command–Power button* or Option–Command–Media Eject : Put your Mac to sleep.
  • Control–Shift–Power button* or Control–Shift–Media Eject : Put your displays to sleep.
  • Control–Power button* or Control–Media Eject : Display a dialog asking whether you want to restart, sleep, or shut down.
  • Control–Command–Power button:* Force your Mac to restart, without prompting to save any open and unsaved documents.
  • Control–Command–Media Eject : Quit all apps, then restart your Mac. If any open documents have unsaved changes, you will be asked whether you want to save them.
  • Control–Option–Command–Power button* or Control–Option–Command–Media Eject : Quit all apps, then shut down your Mac. If any open documents have unsaved changes, you will be asked whether you want to save them.
  • Shift-Command-Q: Log out of your macOS user account. You will be asked to confirm. To log out immediately without confirming, press Option-Shift-Command-Q.

* Does not apply to the Touch ID sensor.

–jeroen

 

 

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