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The following discussion is an archived debate of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the debate was move. —Nightstallion (?) 19:49, 6 February 2006 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

AutoComplete → Autocomplete

or autocompletion, auto-completion, etc. AutoComplete seems like a Microsoft thing. — Omegatron 02:13, 8 January 2006 (UTC)


Add *Support or *Oppose followed by an optional one-sentence explanation, then sign your vote with ~~~~
  • Support per nom --Lox (t,c) 18:28, 8 January 2006 (UTC)


Add any additional comments
  • Comment Since there don't see to be any objections, I've tagged this with a CapitalMove template --Lox (t,c) 18:31, 15 January 2006 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of the debate. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

Verb or noun[edit]

I'd like to move Autocomplete (verb) to Autocompletion (noun). I think it makes more sense to describe the function this way. --Uncle Ed 14:15, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

I agree that the noun "autocompletion" be used and not the verb. Kattuub (talk) 21:14, 20 March 2008 (UTC)

Spam ?[edit]

hm.. the screenshot & utility looks like spam to me. Check the picture description :

Niels Gron,,

the named company offers aquafold for $ fee.

useful article[edit]

I found the article to be quite useful. Perhaps it mentions one company or another, but this may be unavoidable. It mentions Microsoft Outlook, but I doubt this is advertisement by Microsoft. It is also important to mention services that are commonly available, even for a fee, as long as it is not disparaging or biased. I do however find a discussion on the limitations of autocomplete lacking. The article mentions the limitations but does not elaborate. Kattuub (talk) 21:11, 20 March 2008 (UTC)

Editing IE6 autocomplete[edit]

Can be done by autowhat (search for or "Cooxie toolbar", both freeware. Or, to delete something, highlight it and press Delete. (talk) 23:44, 24 May 2008 (UTC)


This page gets spamed quite frequently, is there any way that could be prevented? Stdazi (talk) 09:10, 20 June 2008 (UTC)

An image would be useful.[edit]

Imagine a user trying to figure out some software or something. They come across the phrase "autocomplete" and turn to Google to figure out what it means, which leads them here. If there were an example image of autocompletion (such as a search here on Wikipedia), that user would know *instantly* what it was, without having to read a single word. It would greatly add to the encyclopedic value of this article. :) (talk) 23:11, 7 June 2010 (UTC)

Merge discussion[edit]

I discovered this when trying to replace the link from Cupertino effect to spellchecker with a link to a more specific page, that there is too much overlap between the three short pages:

Merging all three seems to make sense. They are distinct but related and a single page would simplify the duplication in content. I don't know what the best name would be. jnestorius(talk) 09:56, 24 November 2011 (UTC)

No to merge, because they are different programs. An autocorrect program does not learn new words, it just replaces what it thinks is wrong with the closest correct word. and it should ask before action. A good autocomplete program can be given a wordlist of correct words in one language and it also learns new words. If you write a word 2 or 3 times it is incorporated in a user wordlist for that language. In use you set it to the language you want to use, I am personally changing between English and Swedish, and when I start to write a word a box with alternatives shows up, with numbered alternatives. For example if I write rel a box shows up showing 6 alternatives, religious, relative, religion,relation, relatives, related. I push the number before the word I intended and I don't have to write the rest of the word. The program I use learns my habits, so it shows the words I often use at the top of the list. There are at least 15 autocomplete programs and several of them are freeware, the autocomplete article should list and compare these programs.

Some autocomplete programs also work as a shorthand program for common phrases.

So we need at least two articles, autocomplete and autocorrect, and maybe autoreplacement as a more general term, as a disambiguation page. Autoreplacement, did you look for autocomplete or autocorrect? Roger491127 (talk) 14:42, 27 April 2012 (UTC)

Development of this article[edit]

My favorite text editor seems to have dropped the autocomplete server in their new beta, so I was looking for other alternatives I could suggest to the developers of the program. That's the reason I read this article, which unfortunately did not help me find a certain program. The program I was looking for is LetMeType, a freeware autocompletion program. During the search for it I found 10-15 other autocompletion programs, so there definitely is a need for an article in wp which can list and compare them.

LetMeType, freeware, is good, but is no longer developed, the author has published the source code and allows anybody to continue development,

TypingAid is another freeware alternative. I have not used it but it is actively developed.

Intellicomplete works well, and seems to be available in both a freeware version and a pro version, Roger491127 (talk) 15:06, 27 April 2012 (UTC)

Merging or redirections[edit]

Note that there is an article named Word prediction which covers the same issues as Autocomplete. I think the word Autocomplete is the most common word people search for, so I suggest an article named Autocomplete (software) as the main article, and Word prediction and other terms should be redirection pages to Autocomplete. The text in Word prediction is good and should be the basis for this article. Roger491127 (talk) 23:41, 6 May 2012 (UTC)

Google results

  • "Autocomplete" 9,380,000 results
  • "Autocompletion" 937,000 results
  • "Word completion" 304,000 results
  • "Word prediction" 253,000 results
  • "Autocorrection" 273,000 results
  • "Autoreplace" 52,400 results
  • Since Autocomplete is by far a more common term than any of the other terms the main article should be called Autocomplete. As nobody else seems to be interested in this issue, and I have been researching it a lot for a few weeks, I take it upon myself to merge these articles into one article and make some of the other terms into redirections to this article.
  • Roger491127 (talk) 09:14, 9 May 2012 (UTC)

Merge has been done[edit]

I have merged the text from Word prediction into this article, and made article Word prediction into a redirection page to this article. I made the Autoreplace page into a choice page for different meanings (usage) of the word. In the Autocorrect article I added a sentence about the difference between autocorrection and autocomplete and gave links to this article. A redirection from Autocompletion to this article already existed. This article can, of course, be made better but now it is fairly good and most of the info in it is referenced. I could remove several templates about merge suggested, references needed, etc..The article is a bit long but most, if not all, sections seem to be motivated.

The article Shorthand is a history of shorthand methods , like stenography, but is not about shorthand software today, which is covered by this article, since many autocomplete programs also have an option for a shorthand list of abbreviations. I have added links to and from the article Shorthand and this article. Roger491127 (talk) 21:23, 10 May 2012 (UTC)

To do[edit]

More programs should be tested and compared and commented in the article. I have more programs, but I do not know when I will have time to test them.

Programs to test:

The Autoreplace page can be made into a proper disambiguation page, but it works well as it is, so I have not bothered to do this yet. Roger491127 (talk) 12:39, 15 May 2012 (UTC)

Article Word completion, neutrality disputed, no valuable info. Should probably be made into a redirection page to this article. Roger491127 (talk) 12:28, 17 May 2012 (UTC)

Done. Text from that page moved to this talk page temporarily, to transfer some of it to this article:

Word completion, added as a synonym in this article.

The efficiency of word completion, was added to this article as a section. I am not sure if it is needed, the content is self-evident, but I leave it for now.

Articles considered for either redirection or other action

  • Line completion I don't know yet what to do about this article. It seems to be the same as shorthand, or abbreviations, so it can be made into a redirection to the shorthand section in this article.
  • Predictive text This article is about very small keyboards, like on mobile phones, so it is about another issue than this article and should be kept. One of the examples of such software, the T9 is obviously of the autocorrect type, because a lot of stories we hear about mistakes created by the T9 system, sometimes hilarious, sometimes disastrous. The main difference between Autocorrect systems and Autocomplete systems is that Autocorrect systems change text automatically, and Autocomplete systems present the writer with alternatives, which can be chosen or the writer can ignore the suggestions and keep on writing the whole word or phrase.Roger491127 (talk) 09:18, 19 May 2012 (UTC)

I made the article Line completion into a redirection to the Shorthand section of this article. The content of Line completion:

Line completion is a text editor feature similar to word completion, first introduced by Juraj Simlovic in TED Notepad, in July 2006. When a user begins a line that starts with a frequently-used phrase, the computer automatically completes the first part of it, up to the position where all similar lines differ, or proposes a list of common continuations.

I added the content above to the Shorthand section, and deleted the rest, as it was already mentioned in other sections in this article. Roger491127 (talk) 09:18, 19 May 2012 (UTC)

How to turn it off[edit]

I hate autocomplete and I want to turn it off. How do I do this? Biscuittin (talk) 08:56, 7 September 2014 (UTC)

I have found out how to turn it off in Internet Explorer 11. Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Content -> AutoComplete settings. Can I put this in the article or will it be deleted under WP:NOTHOWTO? Biscuittin (talk) 10:24, 8 September 2014 (UTC)
For Firefox 32. Go to Tools -> Options -> Privacy -> History and select "Use custom settings for history". Biscuittin (talk) 12:32, 8 September 2014 (UTC)

The "requirement to move eye gaze from the keyboard to the monitor".[edit]

This is not a requirement. In fact only beginner typists ever look at the keyboard. QuentinUK (talk) 14:46, 10 February 2015 (UTC)