Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I am using an application that requires me to frequently type in mixed-case strings starting with multiple uppercase characters, and the easiest way to do this is to hold shift and type them. However, whenever I hold the shift key for too long, Dashboard pops up and does not allow me to type anything more until I get rid of it. I looked in system settings, but I couldn't find that option. Is this possible and how can I do it?

share|improve this question

closed as too localized by Jakob Weisblat, CharlieRB, 8088, TFM, BBlake Nov 27 '12 at 18:19

This question is unlikely to help any future visitors; it is only relevant to a small geographic area, a specific moment in time, or an extraordinarily narrow situation that is not generally applicable to the worldwide audience of the internet. For help making this question more broadly applicable, visit the help center.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Though it's not a helpful answer, I'm curious as to why you don't use Caps Lock instead. – user3463 Jul 21 '12 at 22:20
(iOS development is What I'm doing) I have to frequently type things like NSURLConnection and NSXMLParser, and (if I hesitate) even UIActivityIndicatorView triggers it. – Jakob Weisblat Jul 21 '12 at 22:22
That is a perfectly good reason! Incidentally, I've held down Shift on my Mac (for 30 seconds) and Dashboard doesn't show up at all. I am curious about this too. – user3463 Jul 21 '12 at 22:23
I edited the question to clarify these strings. – Jakob Weisblat Jul 21 '12 at 22:23
I am voting to close this question because it no longer is applicable (I don't use this computer any more) and I stopped being able to reproduce this over remote desktop. – Jakob Weisblat Nov 27 '12 at 16:20

Sounds like an accessibilty option 'Sticky Keys'.

And, for those who find it difficult to use a mouse, every Mac computer includes Mouse Keys, Slow Keys, and Sticky Keys, which adapt the computer to the user’s needs and capabilities.

Look for Universal Access in the system preferences and then Sticky Keys.

share|improve this answer

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .