If you’ve been typing using your Mac and each time you type, double spaces are entered rather than just once. You’ve probably tried to click the space button on your Macbook very delicately but somehow, two spaces are entered.
If you’re experiencing this problem, you can also experience it when typing letters. For example, when you click the letter E, 2 e’s are entered rather than one.
MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air laptops have a common widespread problem that causes keys, especially the space bar to double press.
If you keep encountering this problem, there are a few things you can do to reduce the frequency and to stop keys double entering.
Understanding whether this double-spacing problem is caused by a hardware or software issue is tricky. The only way you can check this is by trying to troubleshoot your Mac software and looking for a solution.
If you don’t find a software solution, it’s most likely a hardware problem that’s causing this.
1. Turn Off Key Repeat
On your Mac, there’s a setting called Key Repeat. When Key Repeat is on, the space key is repeated if you click it for too long. Turning off Key Repeat will stop the space key from entering twice. There’s also a setting called Delay Until Repeat. Changing this setting will delay before a key is repeated depending on how fast or slow set it.
To turn off key repeat:
- Open the Apple menu.
- Click on System Preferences.
- Choose the Keyboard tab.
- Drag the Key Repeat slider to off.
To test this out, you can open a Word document and click the space bar or a key. Check if clicking the spacebar once adds two spaces.
If the problem is software related, then turn off this setting should stop the problem from happening.
2. Stop the Periods
If you are experiencing a period character after hitting the space key, you can turn off periods from occurring when the space button is pressed twice.
Of course, you’re not intentionally entering the space button twice, but if you are and you’ve rather have 2 spaces rather than a period character, you can turn this off in settings.
To turn off period after double spacing:
- Go to System Settings.
- Click on Keyboard.
- Click Text.
- Uncheck Period after double spacing. This should stop periods from appearing each time the space bar is clicked twice.
3. Clean the Keyboard
If turning off key repeat didn’t work and your MacBook is still entering double spaces, you can clean your keyboard.
Before you start cleaning your keyboard, you need to close any windows on your Mac that allows you to enter any characters when the keyboard is pressed down.
The first way to clean your keyboard is by using a lint-free cloth. In-between and underneath your keyboard, lint can get trapped causing malfunctions when you try and type. Lint can stop your keyboard from pressing down properly.
You’ll need to wipe your keyboard with the cloth especially where the problem is occurring from.
Another thing you can use to get rid of the lint is compressed Air. Compressed air will blow air rapidly onto your keyboard causing any debris to be forced out.
You can use this on the keys that are causing the problem which is mainly the space bar.
4. Service your MacBook Keyboard
If you’ve turned off key repeat and you’ve removed the lint from your MacBooks keyboard keys are still entering twice, it’s unlikely that this problem is a software problem. This is very apparent if you have 2 MacBooks.
If you notice that this problem is happening to both MacBooks, then it’s likely that this is a software problem.
Apple will allow you to service your keyboard is you have any MacBook Pro models after 2015 because they all have a similar keyboard design and users are complaining about the problem on these devices.
The keyboard issue was recognized by Apple so they’re aware that letters and characters repeat unexpectedly. If you’re MacBook Pro was made after 2015, you will be able to get your keyboard serviced for free.
You can check if your Mac device is eligible if you’re not sure.