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10.3: Use Option-Escape to view list of word completions System
Having trouble coming up with a word in Panther? Just type the first few letters of the word in question in a text input box (like the Safari URL bar or iChat's input area or TextEdit or ... you get the idea). Once you have a few characters, hit Option-Escape to see a pop-up list of possible completions...

I'm really not sure exactly how I might put this to regular use, but it is sorta cool ... and it makes for fun screenshots, hence the completely unrequired shot in this hint :).
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10.3: Use Option-Escape to view list of word completions
Authored by: da5idonimac on Oct 27, '03 03:27:51AM

also works by pressing "F5"...



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10.3: Use Option-Escape to view list of word completions
Authored by: kmue on Oct 27, '03 04:11:26AM

Are there word completions for other languages than english? How to enable them?



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10.3: Use Option-Escape to view list of word completions
Authored by: seb2 on Oct 27, '03 04:48:10AM

It's possible. And it's simple: Just Control-click onto the text area, choose "Spell Checking..." from the "Spell Checking" submenu (or whatever it might be in English).
In the dialog that comes up, either select a specific language from the popup menu or choose "Multilingual" to see completions in all languages.



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10.3: Use Option-Escape to view list of word completions
Authored by: luacintilante on Oct 27, '03 07:14:10AM

It works in my language Portuguese, I guess it's because I have the prefs in Sys Prefs Internacional all set to Portuguese language even if I have the system in english



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10.3: Use Option-Escape to view list of word completions
Authored by: cilly on Nov 07, '03 09:06:50AM

Select multilingual as spellchecker and you have all words.

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cilly



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10.3: Use Option-Escape to view list of word completions
Authored by: aranor on Oct 27, '03 05:05:03AM

I WONDERED why TextEdit had a preference for autocompletion...



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10.3: Use Option-Escape to view list of word completions
Authored by: mjones1040 on Oct 27, '03 08:50:34AM

This is really neat. It also works in Safari. I tried it in the address/location field and I just used it in the text box to write this comment. Cool! :-)



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10.3: Use Option-Escape to view list of word completions
Authored by: mcritz on Oct 27, '03 08:56:35AM

Wow! What a great hint! For terrible spellers (like myself) this is a godsend.



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10.3: Use Option-Escape to view list of word completions
Authored by: bbrown on Oct 27, '03 09:32:46AM

Option-Escape seems to enable command completion in Terminal. That's kind of neat.



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10.3: Use Option-Escape to view list of word completions
Authored by: cynikal on Oct 28, '03 12:40:39AM

Is this any different from tab-completition?



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Not working for me...
Authored by: gerti on Oct 27, '03 09:50:24AM

...Option-Esc or F5 just ring the alarm sound.



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Not working for me...
Authored by: zacht on Oct 27, '03 04:10:52PM

I also had to play with this a bit. I'm using a 12" Powerbook, and the keyboard is a bit different from the desktop keyboards. What seems to work for me is either

shift-option-escape

or

fn-F5.

The second one makes good sense: the F5 key by itself is really "volume-up"... pressing the function (fn) key makes it do the actual F5 thing, and I get spelling completions, woohoo.

Not sure why I need to do shift-option-escape instead of just option-escape. I don't see anything in the keyboard shortcuts section of the Keyboard preference pane.

Zach



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10.3: Use Option-Escape to view list of word completions
Authored by: pwynne on Oct 27, '03 12:41:49PM

Ah, so maybe that's how you activate word completion in Script Editor!

I could see the ... after partial keywords but couldn't figure out how to bring up the list of suggested words.

Can anyone confirm this for SE?



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F5 works in Script Editor even in 10.2
Authored by: dzurn on Oct 27, '03 05:25:16PM

Yes, I can confirm that F5 pops up completions for the Script Editor version 2.0, even in 10.2! The new Script Editor is a big improvement over 1.9 version.

I ran into this earlier today when writing a script, and tried to find out how to access the completions that were teasing me there!

Glad to find out how to get the feature to work. You do have to click the "Use Script Assistant" preference.

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Madness takes its toll.
Please have exact change.



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10.3: Use Option-Escape to view list of word completions
Authored by: jnrhacksaw on Oct 28, '03 08:01:39PM

You need to have full keyboard access turned on, control + F1.


jnr



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10.3: Use Option-Escape to view list of word completions
Authored by: jnrhacksaw on Oct 28, '03 08:06:18PM

OK you don't but it didn't work until I turned that on... bizzare, I think I need a new keyboard.

Me "hey boss can I get a new Bluetooth keyboard and mouse".
my bossĀ "can I have some work done please"

;)



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10.3: Use Option-Escape to view list of word completions
Authored by: samsprograms on Oct 29, '03 09:01:43PM

This is also very helpful in Xcode, where auto-complete will complete class names, variable, and even messages (or events or whatever you call the things you send to objects like [obj doSomething]. It will list all the "messages" and their different arguments (and their meanings)!

Really Helpful for me, who forgets those message names all the time!



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10.3: Use Option-Escape to view list of word completions
Authored by: Areh on Dec 03, '03 10:02:58AM

Funny, but I don't really see me using this as it slows me down... waaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy down. I type much faster. Also, I know what I want to type, I don't need a bunch of 'completions'.
Indeed, already Safari's autocompletion can be very annoying, like 'thank you, I know I've been on that site but I don't wanna go to the same page!'
Well, for people whose typing is really bad or that are hampered by some sort of disability, that feature certainly makes for a useful addition.



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10.3: Use Option-Escape to view list of word completions
Authored by: arohlen on Dec 28, '03 06:12:11PM

Does anyone know if it is possible to access (view/copy) the list of words or to get it into a text file in some way?

Would it be possible to write a program/script that exports all the words into a text file?

Why do I want this? The list of words seems very complete with every possible conjugation and all, much better than any other word list I have found on the net (at least for Swedish...)



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10.3: Use Option-Escape to view list of word completions
Authored by: dishwasher on Feb 06, '04 06:18:08AM

cmd-return inserts the selected text from the menu into the documents text, at least in TextEdit.



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10.3: Use Option-Escape to view list of word completions
Authored by: jordan314 on Feb 10, '04 01:02:25PM

Wow, NEVER use this in any forms in explorer, such as yahoo mail...Option escape seems to just clear the field you're typing in, with no undo or paste back! What a stupid feature. I was just trying to show my friend the shortcut and ended up deleting her whole email that took 45 minutes to complete. Do'h!



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