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Auto-complete certain fields in Address Book Apps
As in TextEdit and other apps, you can use Option-Escape to complete certain fields in the Address Book. The possible completions for a particular field will be based on the values of that field for your existing contacts.

This isn't particularly obvious, because the 'Complete' option doesn't appear on the Edit menu like it does in other apps, but I was tired of retyping the same cities and company names, so I figured it was worth a shot.

It's not perfect, so I suggest you experiment to see where it works and where it doesn't. It would be nice, for example, if it could be used to complete names for the spouse or manager type fields, but since a person's name is actually multiple fields from the Address Book's point of view, it isn't able to complete those fields in a useful way.

[robg adds: This is a great timesaver, and something I'd never thought to try...]
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Auto-complete certain fields in Address Book
Authored by: paulio on Mar 17, '06 11:44:31AM

I remember that in some old version of Address Book, maybe in 10.1, autocomplete used to happen automatically as you type, similar to the way as it does in the address field of Safari. At some point this feature went away. I have missed it. I'm glad it's not completely gone, but I wish it were still automatic.



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Auto-complete certain fields in Address Book
Authored by: vindu on Mar 17, '06 05:37:53PM

I had severe problems with the autocomplete behaviour of AddressBook. I was applying for jobs at the time, and was entering dozens of addresses for job postings. Most of them began "Department of ..." and the autocomplete engine was absolutely maddening to me. If I paused for even a moment, it would assume that I wanted the same address as I'd typed before. I didn't know how to turn off the behaviour or how to easily deflect it back to what I wanted (which should always be possible, right?). I never succeeded in finding documentation on how to use autocomplete (i.e. which keys to use to accept or reject the suggested completion), and there was no way to turn it off.

Anyway, that was over a year ago now, and I haven't recently had to type in lots of different addresses which all begin the same, so I don't know what the situation is now.



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Auto-complete certain fields in Address Book
Authored by: ra5ul on Mar 17, '06 12:01:44PM
if you find option-escape or F5 too cumbersome as keyboard shortcuts, don't forget the global cocoa keybinding customizations offered through
~/library/keybindings/defaultkeybinding.dict
(see this previous hint, for example).

subethaedit's faq lists the actual code (search for autocomplete).



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Auto-complete certain fields in Address Book
Authored by: pcurtner on Mar 18, '06 07:14:56AM

There still needs to be some easier method for copying common information, such as a Work address, between several contacts.



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Auto-complete certain fields in Address Book
Authored by: solipsism on Mar 18, '06 01:32:05PM

My "workaround" for that issue was to make a template entry of all the similair information for my work associates. The phone number minus the extension, the email address minus the person's name, etc.



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Auto-complete certain fields in Address Book
Authored by: jacobolus on Mar 22, '06 03:24:33AM
Your comment came just a few days too early: http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20060317045211408

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Auto-complete certain fields in Address Book
Authored by: Skurfer on Sep 24, '09 09:07:55AM

In Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), the completion menu now provides choices from the dictionary, rather than choices from the same field on other entries in your Address Book. Hardly useful.



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