I've just tried Windows 10 and found an awesome new feature: it can be configured to guess the words you type on a physical keyboard, pop the alternatives up and let you chose one. Much like the way it works on mobiles. This is extremely useful when you have to type in a foreign language you don't write really well.

However, having to pause your typing and use mouse to select an option feels annoying and limiting.

How do I select and accept an option using keyboard?

3 Answers 3

  1. Press Up to select the first text suggestion
  2. Press Left and Right to switch between the different text suggestions
  3. Press Enter to use the text suggestion of your choosing

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    To be honest, the direction keys may be as far as your mouse while typing. Going for an Up key and then Enter key is enough for me to complete this word with the keyboard.
    – C.K.
    Commented Jun 5, 2020 at 2:44
  • I think a separate mouse will usually be a bit further away than the arrow keys on your keyboard, unless you're using a trackpad on your keyboard, in which case I agree that the trackpad would probably be a bit easier in that case. Commented Jun 18, 2020 at 23:52
  • I use my pinky for arrows. I have to use my whole hand to use the mouse, so it is way different and more convenient for me. Though, the emoji completion is broken, you type a word that also matches an emoji, pick it using up and right arrows, it will insert the emoji but not replace the word (appends the emoji). I am guessing but, it feels like they intended that. Developers have a bad habit of doing things the way THEY think it should work (or at M$, the way the boss' boss feels it should work). Commented Jul 13, 2022 at 16:48

If I am using my keyboard, and a good autocomplete comes up, I press the End Key on the keyboard and then press enter. That certainly works in most instances.

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    The End key doesn't do anything with Windows 10's "Show text suggestions as I type". I think you're thinking of something else. Commented Aug 28, 2019 at 22:46
  • If I am typing and a single suggestion comes up, End completes it (for me). I do use this a lot in Windows 10.
    – anon
    Commented Aug 28, 2019 at 22:47
  • Oh I see. Do you ever get multiple suggestions or just one? Do they look like the ones in my screenshot? Commented Aug 28, 2019 at 22:49
  • Yes, if I see multiple suggestions, then your method indeed does come into play. I am then also more likely to use my mouse. Thank you for your followup
    – anon
    Commented Aug 28, 2019 at 22:50
  • Interesting. So I found a word that only produces one suggestion:"Microsoft". When I press End with just that one suggestion, Windows doesn't highlight it. In my testing, the only way to highlight even a single suggestion is to press Up. I'm baffled as to why End works in your case. Commented Aug 28, 2019 at 22:54

I managed to configure accepting first suggestion using AutoHotKey.

Here is the code:

;Accept autocompletion first suggestion using keyboard

This code instructions the keyboard to press Up and Enter if I press Caps Lock. This mean it select the first suggested word.

You can map other key/combination of keys other than Caps Lock if needed.

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