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MS Word’s AutoComplete Feature

MS Word’s AutoComplete Feature

Did you know that MS Word has a function to AutoComplete text?


I bet you did – you just didn’t know what it was called.

Think about it. I’m sure you know about the little yellow box of text that “pops up” at what appears to be mystical moments during the day.

Well, as you may have guessed by now, those moments aren’t so mystical after all. That’s the AutoComplete feature hard at work.

Basically what’s happening is that the AutoComplete feature is turned on and you’ve typed in a character combination that matches an AutoText entry or the beginning of a date. So Word, being a “wonderful little helper”, is trying to save you some time by giving you the option of using the AutoText or date that popped up.

For example, while typing the phrase “Dear Mom and Dad,” you might see the following appear:


What was that you said?

Was it “Oh yeah – that thing. Now I know what you’re talking about.”