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  • From: "djmpark" <djmpark at>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2013 00:58:46 -0500 (EST)
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OK, that's correct. Turning auto-completion off still allows command
completion and restores the old behavior. Thanks.

In general I think the principle should be to offer the user help WHEN AND
IF HE ASKS FOR IT, but otherwise leave him alone.

David Park
djmpark at 

From: Andrzej Kozlowski [mailto:akozlowski at] 

It seems to me that this option has always been there. Just go to
Preferences:Interface and uncheck "Enable autocompletion". Then, at least on
the Macintosh, Command+K works as before.

Andrzej Kozlowski

On 17 Feb 2013, at 10:10, djmpark <djmpark at> wrote:

> To each his own. To me it's like constantly swatting away flies. I 
> would prefer that WRI gave us the additional option of restoring 
> Ctrl+K. After all, they have retained Ctrl+Shift+K.
> David Park
> djmpark at
> From: Murray Eisenberg [mailto:murrayeisenberg at]
> To the contrary, I find the new (by default) auto-completion a 
> significant improvement over having to use Ctrl+K. E.g., say I want to 
> type ChiDistribution. I type 'Chi' and get the drop-down list of 3 
> possible completions. Only one of these 3 has 'D' as the next letter. 
> So I just type 'D' and press Return. Mathematica completes the rest.
> That's a fairly short example. I've found that I can type long 
> expressions, with many names in them (`System or `Global) much faster now.
> This helps makes up for Mathematica's verbose descriptive language, in 
> contrast with languages where names are short but often cryptic.
> On Feb 16, 2013, at 1:10 AM, "djmpark" <djmpark at> wrote:
>> ...All the doo-dads are to me a nuisance. The one thing I liked was 
>> the Ctrl+K (which I could type faster than you can say Jack Rabbit)
> command completion.
>> But now Ctrl+K is gone and what replaces it is ill-conceived and
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