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10.4: See a list of completion words in Cocoa apps Apps
Tiger only hintI discovered this one by accident ... you can press Escape in the middle of typing a word in Cocoa applications (tested in TextEdit and iChat), and a list drops down with possible completions for what you typed.

[robg adds: We pointed this out in 10.3, but I'm re-running it now because (a) I don't know how many people know about it from 10.3, and (b) the keyboard shortcut has gotten simpler -- you used to have to hit Option-Escape. Now just a simple Escape brings up the list.]
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10.4: See a list of completion words in Cocoa apps
Authored by: a-bort on May 12, '05 11:16:42AM

Great feature it is! Use it in textedit, mail and other apps since long. But anybody know why it doesn't work in Pages? Do i have a simple setting missing there?



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10.4: See a list of completion words in Cocoa apps
Authored by: jago_lebow on May 12, '05 12:00:58PM

Pages seems to be missing other things that other Cocoa apps have like Right to Left language support. Its really sad that Text Edit supports some of these features and pages doesn't.



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10.4: See a list of completion words in Cocoa apps
Authored by: rspress on Aug 31, '05 10:42:37PM
In Pages you control-click or right-click on the uncompleted word and a list of words appear. Why Apple did this in a word processor where you are typing more than any other program is beyond me. But hey, it works.

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10.4: See a list of completion words in Cocoa apps
Authored by: mahuti on May 12, '05 11:53:10AM

Oddly enough, when sending an email to someone, if you do this, you get the autocomplete list as well... unfortunately, not a list of address book names & email addresses.

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10.4: See a list of completion words in Cocoa apps
Authored by: qwerty denzel on May 13, '05 04:27:58AM

Mail.app is Cocoa, that's why.



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10.4: See a list of completion words in Cocoa apps
Authored by: aamann on May 12, '05 12:06:19PM

There are other shortcuts for this as well, namely "F5" which used to work in 10.3 as well...

BTW, shouldn't this hint NOT have the "10.4 only" tag?



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10.4: See a list of completion words in Cocoa apps
Authored by: qwerty denzel on May 13, '05 04:28:16AM

Read rob's addition. The key-command is new in 10.4. Everything else was pointed out in a previous 10.3 hint.



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10.4: See a list of completion words in Cocoa apps
Authored by: scotty321 on May 12, '05 12:14:56PM

How can someone quickly tell if they're in a Cocoa application or not?



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10.4: See a list of completion words in Cocoa apps
Authored by: Angostura on May 12, '05 06:05:43PM

Press escape half way through typing a word?



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[OT] tell if an app is Cocoa
Authored by: echo on May 13, '05 02:59:17AM

"How can someone quickly tell if they're in a Cocoa application or not?"
Clicking the Help key will result in a question mark cursor.



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Even works with cocoAspell!
Authored by: TriNeuro on May 12, '05 12:54:51PM

And [of course] it works by using the dictionary one have chosen (instead of just with english words, as the Dictionary application is limited by). Even Aspell dictionaries used through cocoAspell! Great for me living in Norway - why haven't Apple managed to package a norwegian dictionary with the default distribution yet?



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Not always just escape
Authored by: lullabud on May 12, '05 01:00:01PM

Sometimes you still have to use the old-school option-escape keystrokes, for instance, when typing in this Safari input box like I am right now.



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10.4: See a list of completion words in Cocoa apps
Authored by: gerti on May 12, '05 01:27:44PM

Sadly this never worked for me, and still doesn't :-((



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10.4: See a list of completion words in Cocoa apps
Authored by: jedik on May 12, '05 10:35:26PM

Take a look at my reply two messages bellow. It might answer your question.

Cheers

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Very Cool
Authored by: bedouin on May 12, '05 04:44:51PM

It's small, but extremely useful features like this that make OS X light-years ahead of Windows.



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Very Cool
Authored by: shunker on May 12, '05 05:22:53PM

It is cool. Only wish they (or a third party plugin) extended it to the Ctrl-N functionality of vim, where the completions are taken from all the words inside the same document. This is very useful in programming and while typing LaTeX documents.



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Very Cool
Authored by: qwerty denzel on May 13, '05 04:46:26AM

Xcode does this with it's code completion tool.
Works for me in TextEdit too. Type in some gibberish and then try it.
This is in 10.3.



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A few apps can use BBAutoComplete
Authored by: gerwitz on May 16, '05 09:28:46PM
BBAutoComplete adds this to a few scriptable apps.

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10.4: See a list of completion words in Cocoa apps
Authored by: n1mie on May 12, '05 08:23:13PM

This doesn't work for me in Mail but it does work in TextEdit. Any thoughts why it might not work?

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10.4: See a list of completion words in Cocoa apps
Authored by: jedik on May 12, '05 10:32:04PM

It seems that it uses the language related to the settings selected in Format menu (System Preferences -> International), rather than the one in the top position in the Language tab. Weird... So, if you have format settings for a language that doesn't have a dictionary built-in in OS X (or the word you typed does not match any words in the dictionary), pressing ESC or OPTION+ESC won't show the list of possible words. The choosen keyboard layout also seems to make any difference in the word list.

Cheers

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10.4: See a list of completion words in Cocoa apps
Authored by: brontitall on May 12, '05 11:58:47PM

Bizarrely enough I get the exact opposite behaviour. Works in Mail, not in TextEdit. The other reply to this comment didn't help.



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10.4: See a list of completion words in Cocoa apps
Authored by: gamov on May 26, '05 10:41:54PM

I think that there is a bug in Mail 2.0.1 with this.
Indeed, it was working since 10.3 but somehow, Mail 2.0.1 broke it.
You can workaround this bug by going to the previous letter in a word you want to complete. it will then work. It doesn't show up if you try to use it in the last letter of the word...
Extremely annoying.



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10.4: See a list of completion words in Cocoa apps
Authored by: phanofwclark on Mar 12, '06 05:46:21PM

I just realized that command - period also has very similar functionality. try it out. found it on accident opening the preferences for pages.



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