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Change the Auto Complete Mode (All Windows) Popular

This setting controls whether the automatic text completion (AutoComplete) feature of Windows Explorer appends the suggested text to the words as you are typing as well as showing a drop-down list of available values.

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Open your registry and find the key below.

Create a new string value, or modify the existing value, named "Append Completion" and set it to "yes" to append the suggested text as you are typing or "no" to only show a drop-down list.

Restart Windows for the change to take effect.

Note: This setting also changes the auto complete functionality of Internet Explorer.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|Append CompletionREG_SZ"Yes"|
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|HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\...|
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Registry Settings
User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\
AutoComplete]
Value Name: Append Completion
Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)
Value Data: yes or no

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Last modified: August 12, 2002