Type it Faster!

I frequently see developers using backspace to delete a few words and it takes forever while they hold down the delete key. Please change your keyboard settings so I don’t have to suffer. You’ll be happier too, I promise.

On your Mac, open System Preferences, then Keyboard. You want to crank the Key Repeat all the way to Fast. I keep Delay Until Repeat a step off Short, but try going all the way then backing down if you desire.

Now go try holding down a key in an editor of your choice. Your life just got faster.

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Daniel founded Collective Idea in 2005 to put a name to his growing and already full-time freelance work. He works hard writing code, teaching, and mentoring.

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  1. root@microft.org
    microft
    December 16, 2011 at 17:42 PM

    Maybe those developers should just learn the keyboard shortcuts for the editor/software they use. 
    Two examples that save me tons of time:
    Ctrl + W  - in vim (and most terminals) 
    Alt + Backspace - in most OSX applications 
    deletes a whole word at once.