Autocomplete in Pages?
May 9, 2008 7:14 PM   Subscribe

How can I get Pages to mimic Open Office's autocomplete?

I've recently made a partial switch from Open Office/NeoOffice to Pages. I like the way Pages does styles, and it's a lot lighter weight on my Powerbook than OO/NO. But it's missing my absolute to-die-for favorite feature - autocomplete.

In Open Office, as I type, words longer than a certain threshold are added to a list; if I type the first 3-4 letters of a word in the list later on in a document, the rest of the word appears highlighted after my cursor, and I can choose to hit enter and complete the word, or just keep typing. It's absolutely fabulous, and my wrists are complaining bitterly about Pages' lack of a similar feature. Is there a plugin or hack - or best of all a checkbox I missed - for Pages that would replicate this feature?
posted by spaceman_spiff to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Holy crap, that sounds awesome. I don't think that feature existed when I demo'd OOO a few years ago... Anyway, I came in here to suggest Typinator, but that still requires you to add abbreviations manually. As it stands, I'll watch this thread to see if anyone has an idea.
posted by electric_counterpoint at 8:43 PM on May 9, 2008

A little searching turned up this unresolved Ask.Mefi from 2005. Also of interest may be this Wikipedia article and this one.

My take is, first, it's definitely not as easy as clicking a checkbox in Pages or in MS Word, and I fear that without a solution built into the program, a piece of software running globally wouldn't know what list of words to draw from. As the first article I linked mentioned, if you feed a text-completion program the whole English dictionary, the cognitive overhead required to choose between typing the next letter and checking the suggestion is non-trivial. If this is the only solution available right now, well, I'd personally opt to keep my typing trivial.
posted by electric_counterpoint at 8:59 PM on May 9, 2008

Best answer: In any Mac application that uses the standard textfield, you can type part of work, press Escape, and you'll get a list of autocomplete words. Unfortunately, the reach up to the escape key seriously slows down typing, but for really long words you may like it.
posted by AaRdVarK at 9:33 PM on May 9, 2008 [1 favorite]

Whoops — that first Wikipedia link should point here. Okay, somebody else talk.
posted by electric_counterpoint at 9:37 PM on May 9, 2008

Response by poster: AaRdVarK: that doesn't scratch the itch I asked about, but it scratches a different itch I had. This is why I love Mefi.
posted by spaceman_spiff at 10:54 PM on May 9, 2008

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