I Wish I Could Write This in Mac OS X Mail
I wish I could write this tip in Mac OS X Mail. Then all I had to do was typing the first letter of every word and let Mail do the rest. Well, almost at least.
Mac OS X Mail does not perform an electroencephalogram and does not read minds, but it has an extremely handy feature that makes typing long or complicated words (like "onomatopoeia") a snap, especially if you have to type them more than once.
Make Mac OS X Mail Complete Words for You
To make Mac OS X Mail complete the words you type:
- Type the beginning of the word, at least the first character.
- Press F5.
- You may have to hold down the FN key to turn F5 into F5 effectively.
- In some versions of OS X Mail, you can also press Esc.
- Select the desired word from the list.
- Press Enter.
- If the desired word is not yet near the top of the list, try adding another letter.
- Words you have already used in the message are near the top.
- You can use a tool like Ofaco to have only words used previously (and, in Ofaco's case, custom word and text completions you have set up) appear in the list.
- Press Esc (or F5—or FN-F5—again) to close the word list with no action.
(Updated November 2013)