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I'm trying to use the Arduino IDE (1.6.8 downloaded from arduino.cc) on a MacBook running OS X (10.11.5 beta).

The IDE seems to run and I can open and upload the examples and they run. But…

I can't type in the editor window of the IDE – either with the examples or with the new sketch that opens when you launch the IDE.

I have a similar problem with the version of the IDE distributed with mBlock (1.6.5) if I use the Edit in Arduino IDE button. I also tried the 1.6.9 hourly version. All to no avail. So I'm thinking that this is a OS X problem, or maybe an issue with version of Java (1.8.0).

Any ideas or troubleshooting suggestions?

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    Make sure that in preferences the option Use external editor is not checked. You could also try downloading an older version.
    – Gerben
    Commented Apr 28, 2016 at 13:29
  • Yes! Thank you. I'd forgotten I'd done that. Make it an answer if you'd like and I'll accept it.
    – dlu
    Commented Apr 28, 2016 at 19:40

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Make sure that in preferences the option Use external editor is not checked.

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I find solution on this forum [http://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=93338.] File | Preferences | Use External Editor (Don't use)

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  • This is the same solution as the accepted answer.
    – gre_gor
    Commented Mar 16, 2017 at 1:31
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you may also consider Sublime Text -> with the STino plug-in, it is a full-fledged editor that does everything your arduino IDE does, in a much more stylish way.

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