How to use, customize, or turn off AutoComplete in LibreOffice Writer

LibreOffice Writer bundles in a free auto-complete system similar to the one you probably know on your smartphone’s keyboard. But LibreOffice’s is much more powerful and much more customizable – you can tell it more or less exactly which words you want to auto-complete and which you don’t.

How to enable and disable the AutoComplete feature

The AutoComplete function is already activated by default. You can see it by typing each medium to long word more than once. A small word will appear over your cursor as you type: When you see a word like this, you can press the key Enter Key and finish the rest of the word immediately.

To turn this off, click the Tools menu, move your cursor over AutoComplete, and then click AutoComplete Options.

In this window click on “Word Conclusion “on the far right. The first option here is “Enable Word Completion”. If it’s on and you want to turn it off, remove the check mark. If it’s off and you want to enable it, click the appropriate check mark. Click OK to return to your document.

Adding and removing words to the auto-complete list

LibreOffice monitors what you write and any word that is eight letters or longer is added to the Word Completion List for this document. If you type the word again, you will have the option to auto-complete it.

We can adjust some settings for this. Open the AutoCorrect menu to find the Word Completion tab again. Notice that a list of all the words that are currently enabled for AutoComplete is displayed on the right side of the screen.

You can click any word in the list and then click “Delete Entry” to permanently remove the auto-exit option.

There’s no way to add a word manually here, but you can do that by leaving the defaults on and just entering a word that’s longer than the minimum letter length.

Advanced settings

The other options in this menu allow you to make deeper adjustments. Here are the ones to watch out for – enable or disable them as you see fit.

  • Append spaces : Adds a single space to an auto-completed word after you hit the Accept button (Enter By default). Literally just saving you hitting the space bar.
  • Show as tip : the default behavior for later versions of Writer, as shown above. If you turn this off, auto-completed words will be highlighted in blue, such as:

  • Collect words : automatically adds words as you type. Uncheck this if you don’t want to add new words to the list:
  • When closing a document : removes the collected words every time you close Your current document.
  • Accept with : Select the key with which you want to activate AutoComplete. Enter is default, but End, the right arrow, the tab key, and the space bar are also options.
  • Minimum word length : Adjusts the length of the letters required to add a word to the autocomplete list. Eight letters is a pretty good number, but you can increase or decrease it as you wish.
  • Maximum entries : the maximum number of auto-complete words in the list at one time. If the list is exceeded, add new words as you type and delete the least-used words from the list. The maximum is 65,525, which you probably only get if you write a book with thousands of pages.

Click “OK” to apply your changes or click “Reset” to reset them to the LibreOffice standard.

Some users find this feature handy; others find it distracting. Whichever camp you fall into, you can now customize AutoComplete to your liking.

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