Auto completion in Mac OS X

by Volker Weber

I was talking to Thomas about some annoyances in OS X, like the missing maximize button. (Here is a solution). And then I thought about some really great things. Like spell checking everywhere, or auto completion of words. Just hit Esc (or Alt-Esc) and OS X will give you a pick list of words to complete what you are currently typing:

word completion

Neat, isn't it?

Comments

Uhm, works with Safari in this comment field, with "Massa", suggesting "Massagegerät" etc, but no suggestion for "Massac" (with German language settings).
Does not work with Camino.

Rainer Wasserfuhr, 2006-12-15

Emacs can do this too :-)

Of course smarter, since it works evolutionary, this means, words which you enter more often are higher rated and will appear much earlier :-)

Tim Daniel Schumacher, 2006-12-15

Clearly you're not using the Massachusetts version of the US dictionary, otherwise your perfectly correct use of the word "haad" would not be considered a mistake. :D

Hey, I'm from Massachusetts, I can say that - I'm proud of our little linguistic quirks. Amusing Massachusetts trivia - in the early 1970's there was a very popular bumper sticker that said: "Don't blame me, I'm from Massachusetts!" because it was the only state Richard Nixon didn't win in the Presidential election, and the whole country was horrified after the fact. Those bumper stickers started reappearing a couple of years ago, for much the same reason. Not new ones - the same 30 year old bumper stickers...

Rob McDonagh, 2006-12-15

hm, works not in Notes 7.0.2

marco foellmer, 2006-12-15

Great tip Vowe! I like it.

Bruce Elgort, 2006-12-15

I believe that in order to take advantage of the functionality, Camino and Notes need to use Cocoa text fields (if they don’t already).

John Gruber on autcomplete in OS X.

Ben Poole, 2006-12-15

Thank you for the Stoplight-tip. I searched for someething like this! many thanks!

Martin Hiegl, 2006-12-15

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