I was thrilled to discover OpenOffice, specifically Writer. I was stunned when I went into the language options and discovered that Writer had built word completion capability into the program. It is refreshable, meaning that you have to load pre-existing documents first and then close them, which puts all the words into memory so Writer can predict them in your new document. Its threshold is 10,000 words, and the minimum for how long a word has to be for Writer to predict it is five letters. Writer offers a choice after typing the third letter. Its choices are single and alphabetical, so that if you have words alphabetically close together you continue typing until you reach the one you want, then press enter. The program also automatically inserts a space after the word if you choose.
To activate word completion:
- Word Completion
- Enable word completion
- Append space (optional)
- Collect words — when closing a document, save the list for later use with other documents