How To Turn Off AutoComplete In OpenOffice Writer

Filed in Technology by on November 7, 2009 15 Comments

There is this really annoying feature that OpenOffice Writer offers that I couldn’t figure out how to turn off. It was so annoying that I figured that I would write about it here, just to help out the few souls who need to turn this thing off like I did.

The feature is called “Word Completion” or othewise known as AutoComplete, or auto complete. What ever floats your boat. The annoying thing about this feature is that it, obviously, completes words for you. Does it accurately complete words for you? Not really. What it does do is create a huge number of misspelled words in whatever document you are working on. I was working on something this afternoon and kept wondering why there were all these strange words with weird endings. They all had those squiggly red lines under them indicating they were spelled incorrectly. I finally figured out that the word completion feature was causing this and that I needed to disable it.

Okay, how did I do that? 3 easy steps.

Open OpenOffice Writer and click on Tools and then AutoCorrect Options...

Open OpenOffice Writer and click on Tools and then AutoCorrect Options…

When the AutoCorrect box pops up, click on the Word Completion tab

When the AutoCorrect box pops up, click on the Word Completion tab.

While under the Word Completion tab, uncheck the Enable Word Completion check box

While under the Word Completion tab, uncheck the Enable Word Completion check box.

Then, hit “OK” and you should be good to go. Does this help?

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  1. Albatross says:

    Oh thank you, thank you. If I had had to endure one more suggestion that when typing “stan” it might be my intention to complete it with the word “standarfds” (yes, “fds” at the end) I was going to pitch my laptop out a window!

  2. Me says:

    Saved me some time, thanks dude. If Google had put yours first it would have saved me another minute or two.

  3. Robert Arjet says:

    Thank you so much. I’m trying to wean myself off of MS Word, but I had just copied all of my text from Open Office and pasted it into Word because I just can’t write when little auto completion tags kept popping up as I was typing. It’s like having the most annoying person in the world standing right behind me, whispering random words ever few seconds. Who thought that was a good idea?

    Thank you so much for making it easy to disable.

  4. You, no wait, Me! says:

    Thank you for posting this. You’re right, it was really annoying! I just wanna type my paper up and turn that baby in.

  5. Louis says:

    Thanks so much. I wonder for whom this autocomplete feature could ever benefit?

  6. HP says:

    This is really helpful tip. I was looking for this tip on many websites. Your explanation is simple and solved my problem of this annoying auto complete feature.Thanks.

  7. Priehl says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  8. Fay says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I’ve just wasted ages trying to figure this problem out, and ended up having to do a google search – because of course the help files can never be relied on to give any genuinely helpful information like this! Problem now solved.

  9. Amanda says:

    Oh thank goodness! You are a godsend. This thing was driving me bananas!

  10. Javi says:

    Thanks a lot!! It was making me crazy.

  11. Tom says:

    Thank you very much. I am using Libre Office, and struggling against AutoComplete even in CALC. Really crazy to put that element in the CALC part …

  12. Curt OBrien says:

    THANK YOU!!!!!!

  13. Brandy says:

    Thank you so much! You’re a lifesaver.

  14. Coop says:

    This feature was annoying me to no end. Thank you for the quick fix.

  15. ONEWEIRDWORD says:

    THANK YOU! Omigoodness, thank you so much for posting this fix!

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