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Autocomplete in TextEdit
Authored by: Toadling on Oct 27, '10 08:34:43AM

I'm surprised there isn't already a hint on this one; system-wide text completion in Mac OS X has been around for ages, perhaps even since the first public beta back in 2000. I can't remember when I started using it, but I see Gruber wrote about it in 2006:

http://daringfireball.net/2006/10/hallelujah_autocompletion

Any app that makes use of OS X's built-in text editing system (NSTextView?) can take advantage of the completion feature (not just TextEdit). For example, I regularly use it in iChat, Yojimbo, and OmniFocus (although, in OmniFocus you'll need to either use F5 as the completion key (Option-Escape might also work, not sure) or use a hidden default to change the default meaning of the Escape key in OF).

Unfortunately, text completion doesn't work in Apple Mail I think it uses WebKit to render the contents of its editing windows. Text completion also doesn't seem to work in text inputs or text areas in Safari, nor does it work in Pages. :-(



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Autocomplete in TextEdit
Authored by: lowbatteries on Oct 27, '10 09:22:29AM

option-escape works in Mail. It also works in many places where escape by itself doesn't work, like forms (just tried it as I was typing this).



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Autocomplete in TextEdit
Authored by: lowbatteries on Oct 27, '10 09:24:41AM

option-escape still works system wide, like in the address bar and search bar for Safari, forms on webpages, and anywhere else where escape might have other uses.



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Autocomplete in TextEdit
Authored by: Toadling on Oct 27, '10 09:47:17AM

Thanks! I should have tried that a long time ago.



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