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.