Suddenly gmail started trying to complete every word / text typed in gmail / googlemail

See this screenshot:

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How can I turn this off?

  • I don't think that is a feature of gmail - more of your operating system (or maybe your browser). What operating system and browser are you running? – Richard Feb 26 '14 at 12:50
  • Does this problem happen in GMail only? – Andrea Gottardi Feb 26 '14 at 13:21
  • Yes this happened in GMail only and it was not triggered by the operating system or the browser. – Cilvic Feb 26 '14 at 14:18

I don't think this is your scenario, but in case anyone else hits the same problem as I had and winds up here, Google recently added a new "Smart Compose" feature which tries to finish every word for you:


It was intensely distracting for me, so I turned it off using

Gear > Settings > General > Smart Compose > Writing Suggestions Off

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    Thank you so much; I had no idea what they'd called that. Infuriating feature! – Dodecaphone Oct 3 '18 at 12:08
  • I do think it's a gmail feature. Turning off this feature did not disable tab auto completion for me. (awful idea gmail) – Keith Hoffman Oct 5 '18 at 19:38
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    Worked for me! It was super distracting, sometimes actually helping me write faster, but most of the time distracting me from MY thought, and guiding me to what a ROBOT MIGHT WRITE. – Bryce Nov 8 '18 at 21:44
  • This "feature" is so annoying. I kept finding myself pausing...wondering if I should just let the Google Robots decide what I was going to say....or, should I just go with my original thought. Bad enough Google is our memory...but I draw the line at Google being my thought process too. :-/ – cbmeeks Nov 28 '18 at 21:46
  • I'm not sure this 'writing suggestions' was what the original poster had a problem with. But it did solve the problem I was searching for, with the gray predicted text to the right of the cursor. – EdHayes3 Jan 3 at 20:21

This text auto-completion, named "Input Tools" by Google can be easily turned off by using the button next to the gear icon in the upper right corner of Gmail.

Just take a look here : https://support.google.com/mail/answer/139576?hl=en

  • Doesn't work. Unchecked this and when I type text in the find bar it's still assailing me with frenetic suggestions. – mike rodent May 24 '17 at 15:54

It looks like this is an update to the Google Labs Feature: "Canned Responses by Chad P"

I didn't know that Labs have auto-update enabled and did not expect such a functionality from this add-in.

After disabling all Labs with https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?labs=0 and confirming that the completion was gone, I enabled them one by one to find the culprit.


I was getting the following when I typed E = IS, W = In, L = The, and K = To. I tried a few suggestions but none worked until I when to Labs and switched off "Canned Responses by Chad P" Now everything types normally. I didn't even know that I had this Lab feature turned on before. Thanks for the information Civic.

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    There's no need to post "thank you" here. Once you have earned enough reputation, the correct way to thank people is to upvote their answers. – music2myear Apr 26 '18 at 17:35

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