Autocomplete

AutocompleteA feature found in various programs and online services that helps finish what is being typed by comparing the current text with that which was entered previously. 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 common forms.

Tip: Pressing the down arrow key allows you move through the Autocomplete suggestions.

Tip: Users may press Shift + Enter to complete the currently selected word, as shown in the image above.

Where is Autocomplete used?

  • Web page addresses - Autocomplete for URLs typed in the address bar.
  • Forms - Enables a user to fill out fields that are commonly repeated such as e-mail and home address, phone number, etc.
  • Usernames and passwords on forms - Any forms requiring usernames. This can be helpful for users who are frequently needing to enter their username and password. However, can also be a security risk if that computer is used or accessible by other users.

Related pages

Also see: Address bar, AutoCorrect, Autofill, AutoFormat, AutoText