A feature found in browsers and programs that finishes what is being typed by comparing the current text with what has been previously entered. For example, when a user types the letter "c" in the Computer Hope search bar, Autocomplete displays matches based on previous searches. The image shows this example in action.
Note: Autocomplete should not be confused with Autofill, which is an Internet browser feature that stores your information for filling out multiple fields in a form. For example, filling out all fields required for an address. Autocomplete only completes what is being typed in the current field and not multiple fields.
Tip: Pressing the down arrow key allows you move through the Autocomplete suggestions. Once you have found the option you want, press the enter key to complete the typing. If you are entering text into a search field or other single text field pressing enter again will submit the request.
Where is Autocomplete used?
- Web page addresses - Autocomplete for URLs typed in the address bar.
- Forms - Enables a user to fill out individual form field quickly. Not to be confused with Autofill that fills out all known fields.
- Usernames and passwords on forms - Autocomplete usernames and passwords that have been submitted in the past. However, realize this can be a security risk if that computer is accessible to other users.