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John Gruber is a genius. The OSX-savvy writer and producer of the well-known Daring Fireball pointed out today that autocompletion is available in all OSX Cocoa-based applications. Straight from the horses mouth: The Cocoa text system has a built-in auto-complete feature that is tied to the […]

John Gruber is a genius. The OSX-savvy writer and producer of the well-known Daring Fireball pointed out today that autocompletion is available in all OSX Cocoa-based applications. Straight from the horses mouth:

The Cocoa text system has a built-in auto-complete feature that is tied to the system-wide spelling checker dictionary. Start typing a word in an app that uses a Cocoa text editing field, hit the Esc key, and you’ll get a drop-down list of suggested completions.

He mentions that this is an old but not widely known OSX tip. I think he’s right — at least, this Mac user didn’t know about it.

Props to Gruber for this tip.

By Yasser Dahab

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  1. [...] I couln’t believe it when I read it but it is true. If you type a word in Mac OS X and hit the escape button you get a list of suggested completions. I just read it here: Autocompletion in OSX at The Apple Blog “The Cocoa text system has a built-in auto-complete feature that is tied to the system-wide spelling checker dictionary. Start typing a word in an app that uses a Cocoa text editing field, hit the Esc key, and you’ll get a drop-down list of suggested completions.” [...]

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  2. Holy crap that is awesome!!!

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  3. So what’s an example of such an app? I’m sorry to see that Firefox didn’t exhibit this behavior… I’d love it to complete my email address for me on Craigslist postings…

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