How to Fix Mac Keyboard Double Space Problem

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Are you having a double space problem when you type using your keyboard on your Mac?

If you do so, then you are one of many users who have the issue with the space bar key. We found out that many Mac users asked their fellow users on the Apple Support Community page for answers. But apparently, some of their suggestions don’t work as a fix for others. That’s why we are here to help you.

There are a number of factors that might cause this issue with the keyboard. But most of the time it boils all down to defective hardware. However, to be sure, you may need to check the settings and physical status of your keyboard. With simple workarounds that you can do, you may be able to use your Mac right away.

However, the main purpose of this article is to provide you with a permanent fix. We will explain the cause of this problem so you may determine which method applies to you. Hopefully, at the end of this article, you’ll be able to fix your Mac keyboard that is having a double space problem.

Let’s get started!


    1. Adjust Keyboard Settings
    2. Clean The Keyboard
    3. Apple Keyboard Service Program


How to Fix Mac Keyboard Double Space Problem: 3 Ways


1. Adjust Keyboard Settings.

If you need to work immediately and have no time to go through the various solutions in this post to try and address the issue, then you can make some quick adjustments on your Mac.

The quick adjustments would be to set the ‘Key Repeat’ feature inside your keyboard settings on your Mac.

Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Go ahead and click on the Apple menu icon on your Mac, and then click on the System Preferences option.

Mac keyboard double space


  1. Next, click on the Keyboard option and then click on the Keyboard on the menu tab.
  2. Now, slide the Key Repeat option and set the indicator to the Off value.

Mac keyboard double space


  1. Finally, open a typing app and type in a sample text to test the new settings.

By doing this, you are telling your Mac that it should not register the same key text repeatedly. For some users, it has been a temporary and immediate fix so they can just resume their work. Alternatively, if you don’t want to mess up with your settings, you can just install an open-source app called Unshaky. It has the same purpose but only use it if you understand the risk of installing unfamiliar apps.



2. Clean Your Keyboard.

It’s possible that you have this issue because of dirt that is stuck underneath your keyboard. This usually occurs when you accidentally spill some food or drink onto your Mac. An effective way to avoid such circumstances from happening again is to use a keyboard skin or keyboard protector on your Mac. In that way, you can just easily remove the protector and clean it when spills happen.

Here’s how you can properly clean your keyboard:

  1. First, make sure you turn off your Mac first before cleaning it when the spill happens.
  2. Then, use a lint-free cloth to wipe off the dirt from the surface of your keyboard.

Mac keyboard double space


  1. Now, turn your Mac upside down and gently tap the back part of your device so debris falls off from the keyboard.
  2. Finally, use a keyboard vacuum cleaner or compressed air duster in a can to blow off the dust and debris from the keyboard slots.


Mac keyboard double space


If you do not have something to blow off the debris on your keyboard slot, you can alternatively blow the debris out with your mouth. With these specks of dirt removed, your keyboard keys will be able to function correctly. But if you are still having the same issues, you may need the help of experts to check on your Mac.



3. Apple Keyboard Service Program.

Before you proceed further, you need to check the Apple Keyboard Service Program for Macbook, Macbook Air and Macbook Pro. Apparently, there were some units that are having problems with the new keyboard type that Apple used. But the good news is, Apple or an Apple Authorized Service provider will service these units for free. These devices may require a replacement of one or more keys. For some, it might need a replacement of the whole keyboard or the whole unit itself.


Mac keyboard double space


Here’s the list of units that are covered by the program:

2015 Model

  • MacBook (Retina, 12-­inch)

2016 Model

  • MacBook (Retina, 12­-inch)
  • MacBook Pro (13­-inch, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
  • MacBook Pro (13-­inch, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
  • MacBook Pro (15-­inch)

2017 Model

  • MacBook (Retina, 12-­inch)
  • MacBook Pro (13-­inch, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
  • MacBook Pro (13-­inch, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
  • MacBook Pro (15-­inch)

2018 Model

  • MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
  • MacBook Pro (15-­inch)

2019 Model

  • MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
  • MacBook Pro (15-­inch)

You can check the model of your Mac by clicking on the Apple menu icon and then clicking on the About This Mac option. But if you find the technicalities hard to understand, you can always seek the help of an Apple-certified technician. Their services are available at your nearest Apple Store.


Mac keyboard double space


Be sure to check the warranty options of your Apple device before going there as you will want to whether you qualify for any extra discounts or benefits.

Before we end this article, we want to make sure that we were able to help you fix your Mac keyboard double space problem. So if you have any questions related to this topic, please feel free to leave a comment below.


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