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Bug 86872 - Word completion: Add ability to save word completion (aka "auto complete") lists and re-use them
Summary: Word completion: Add ability to save word completion (aka "auto complete") li...
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
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Hardware: Other All
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Blocks: AutoCorrect-Complete
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Reported: 2014-11-30 11:04 UTC by Shantanu
Modified: 2019-06-22 18:16 UTC (History)
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Description Shantanu 2014-11-30 11:04:29 UTC
There is no way to save auto-complete list.
Another limitation is that there is max limit of 10,000 words that auto-complete can handle.
This limit should be increased and please provide an option to save auto complete list that can be reused in the next session.
Comment 1 Robinson Tryon (qubit) 2014-12-09 20:09:24 UTC
(In reply to shantanu from comment #0)
> There is no way to save auto-complete list.

When I add words to my Auto-complete list, they are saved in the following file inside my User Profile:
  user/autocorr/acor_en-US.dat

If I copy that file from my LibreOffice 4.4 beta2 install to my LibreOffice 4.3.5.1 install, the Auto-complete words appear for me in Writer.

I'm going to mark this as RESOLVED WORKSFORME. If you'd like something more detailed (e.g. a GUI for saving the auto-complete list), please describe that in a comment and change the status back to UNCONFIRMED.

> Another limitation is that there is max limit of 10,000 words that
> auto-complete can handle.
> This limit should be increased 

This sounds like a separate issue. Please file a separate enhancement request (bug) for this change.
Comment 2 Shantanu 2014-12-10 01:54:00 UTC
The file acor_en-US.dat contain the "auto correct" word list. Auto Complete word list does not get saved anywhere. I will like to see this option added in the future version of Libre office.
Comment 3 Robinson Tryon (qubit) 2014-12-10 02:33:48 UTC
(In reply to shantanu from comment #2)
> The file acor_en-US.dat contain the "auto correct" word list. Auto Complete
> word list does not get saved anywhere. 

Ah, okay, I see. Yes -- Word completion lists appear to persist across Writer documents during a single session of LibreOffice, but disappear when the program is restarted.

> I will like to see this option added
> in the future version of Libre office.

Sounds reasonable.

Status -> NEW

(In reply to shantanu from comment #0)
> Another limitation is that there is max limit of 10,000 words that
> auto-complete can handle.
> This limit should be increased

Please file that as a separate bug report (and change the Severity to 'enhancement').
Comment 4 Robinson Tryon (qubit) 2014-12-10 04:49:02 UTC
> (In reply to shantanu from comment #2)
> > The file acor_en-US.dat contain the "auto correct" word list. Auto Complete
> > word list does not get saved anywhere. 

Here's a workaround:
https://help.libreoffice.org/Writer/Fine-Tuning_the_Word_Completion_for_Text_Documents#To_Use_the_Word_List_for_Further_Sessions

You can Copy/Paste the list of Word Completion entries into a separate document and save it for later use. It's a little more cumbersome than a built-in mechanism, but I figure it might be of use to you.
Comment 5 Shantanu 2015-06-24 17:12:34 UTC
Thanks for that "workaround" link. But a real solution will be appreciated.
Comment 6 LostLombard 2016-11-27 02:03:01 UTC
It would be good to have the word list saved during version upgrades as well.

https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=104193
Comment 7 Sophie Freud 2018-06-22 00:10:49 UTC
Writer now has an option called "When closing a document, remove the words collected from it from the list". Disabling this is supposed to preserve the Word Completion list throughout sessions, but it doesn't seem to work, the word list is still lost after exiting Writer.

See details here: https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=118309
Comment 8 Sophie Freud 2018-06-22 00:15:49 UTC
> > (In reply to shantanu from comment #2)
> > > The file acor_en-US.dat contain the "auto correct" word list. Auto Complete
> > > word list does not get saved anywhere. 
> 
> Here's a workaround:
> https://help.libreoffice.org/Writer/Fine-
> Tuning_the_Word_Completion_for_Text_Documents#To_Use_the_Word_List_for_Furthe
> r_Sessions
> 
> You can Copy/Paste the list of Word Completion entries into a separate
> document and save it for later use. It's a little more cumbersome than a
> built-in mechanism, but I figure it might be of use to you.

@Robinson Tryon: this workaround is very, very cumbersome. Word Completion makes much more sense if the collection and the preservation of words works automatically.