Bug 99979 - Autocomplete in Writer should be off by default
Summary: Autocomplete in Writer should be off by default
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 59754
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: All All
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Blocks: AutoCorrect-Complete
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Reported: 2016-05-21 09:27 UTC by AaronPeterson
Modified: 2016-10-19 23:25 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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I was trying to write CAD at the end of the line, and instead other stuff popped up. (100.63 KB, image/png)
2016-05-21 09:27 UTC, AaronPeterson

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Description AaronPeterson 2016-05-21 09:27:24 UTC
Created attachment 125209 [details]
I was trying to write CAD at the end of the line, and instead other stuff popped up.

I wanted to start a new thought on a page, and so I hit enter... and BLAM, there was not a new line, and a word that I may have typed earlier in brainstorming showed up.

I am a fairly fast typist, so it is very alarming to have moved on a bit and have everything be messed up.

It is very alarming, why is this happening?

What is wrong with my return/enter button?
Did it enter something instead of return to the next line?

Am I affected by a virus?
Why would random stuff be popping up on my screen.
I was told about these devices that plug into the computer and type commands, but they look like a USB stick... I shall go smash a few of them to see if they have been tampered with...
Comment 1 tommy27 2016-05-25 04:27:07 UTC
so you type CAD and LibreOffice writes CADRecreation?

is this a constant replacement or happens randomly?

did you try resetting the user profile?

Comment 2 tommy27 2016-05-25 04:27:34 UTC
also tell the exact version of LibO you use and your O/S
Comment 3 AaronPeterson 2016-06-04 22:15:01 UTC
It was a just downloaded copy as of that day.
It was a fresh install, not an upgrade.
Resetting a user profile is beyond the user.
Comment 4 AaronPeterson 2016-06-04 22:15:56 UTC
I believe it was windows10
libreoffice 5.0.6
Comment 5 mahfiaz 2016-08-04 16:16:16 UTC
You found the secret Word Completion feature, read up on it here:

As for me, I think it should be off by default. Nevertheless, this is not a bug.
Comment 6 AaronPeterson 2016-08-07 06:16:44 UTC
How is this not a bug?

I tried to make a newline, and a misspelled word popped up.

I'm not in the habit of looking at the screen when I type... I don't have to look at the keys, I'm thinking or looking at a picture.

Many of my clients have to look at the keyboard just to type...   They don't even realize it when they haven't clicked on a text field in a web browser and have spent a few minutes typing.
Comment 7 AaronPeterson 2016-08-07 06:20:24 UTC
Maybe a sort of compromise would be that autocomplete only works on words that are in the dictionary?  but that could still completely alter the meaning of a list say I want



pops up in the list...

I could poison people... 

This could be seriously bad writing a chemistry paper...  I mean you guys could be liable for blowing stuff up or killing people.
Comment 8 mahfiaz 2016-08-10 11:39:02 UTC
You are funny :)

As for the liabilities you should check the software license with your lawyer. It is pretty plain about that part.
Comment 9 Yousuf Philips (jay) (retired) 2016-10-19 23:25:11 UTC
Hi Aaron,

Well the list of words that autocomplete are in Tools > AutoCorrect > AutoCorrect Options > Word Completion and i only see 4 words in my list, so not sure how CAD was auto completed to CADRecreation. What does your list look like in the dialog?

I consider this a useful feature to be on by default, but as i was unaware of it until now, i'm assuming other users wouldnt have easily discovered it either, which likely needs some UX move to improve.

Marking this as a duplicate of the earlier bug you opened about the same issue.

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 59754 ***