Mail provides list of suggested words (not spell check)

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by emw, Oct 31, 2005.

  1. emw macrumors G4

    emw

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    So I'm typing an e-mail today, and go to send it. Except that I'm typing it in Mail and I normally use Notes, so I mistakenly press "esc" (which is what I use in Notes).

    To my surprise, I get a list of words that could be substituted for the word I had last typed (an example is shown below). I played with it for a minute, testing different words (I have never seen this before), and then suddenly the "trick" didn't work.

    However, I created a new message and suddenly it worked again. I couldn't see this documented anywhere, nor could I figure out why it stopped at some point.

    I thought this was an interesting feature, but one I'd never heard of. Anyone else know something about this?
     

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  2. dubbz macrumors 68020

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    Interesting. Haven't seen that before. Not that I ever press Esc when typing something in Mail.

    Could be very useful actually... maybe I'll have to look into using Mail a little more often.
     
  3. munkle macrumors 68030

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    Very cool! Works for me...I wonder what other little gems are hidden away?!
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    It's a feature of Cocoa textboxes that option-escape completes text -- so that if you have a word spelled fully or partially, it completes it.

    But in Mail, I only get this in the address/subject fields. It doesn't work in the body text.

    It does work in textboxes in Safari like the one I'm typing in right now.

    Are you able to do this in the message body in Mail?
     
  5. emw thread starter macrumors G4

    emw

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    That's where I saw it. I didn't try it in the address boxes, but assume it's just a search function for other addresses.
     
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Sad...I wonder why it doesn't work for me in the message body. :(
     
  7. emw thread starter macrumors G4

    emw

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    Don't hit option-escape, just escape. I just tried it again and it worked. I haven't upgraded to 10.4.3.
     
  8. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, I tried both and a few other combinations.... nada. :(
     
  9. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    It's working for me in Mail but only when the curser is in the middle of the word, not at the end. As a side note, how annoying is a transparent scroll bar. :(
     

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