Complete Word
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Complete Word 

The Complete Word option types the rest of a variable, command, or function name once you have entered enough characters to disambiguate the term.


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Type the first few letters of the name, and then press ALT+RIGHT ARROW or CTRL+SPACEBAR.

Visual Basic noteVisual Basic Note

When a context list is displayed for an object, you can display the global list by invoking Complete Word (ALT+RIGHT ARROW).

C++ noteVisual C++ Note

If you use the Complete Word option from within a C++ attribute block, you will see a list of all available attributes.

If what you have typed has more than one possible match or no match at all, then invoke Complete Word to display the pop-up List Members box, which you can then use to find the term and insert it into your code.

To start the Complete Word feature

  • On the Edit menu, click IntelliSense, and then click Complete Word.

  • Use the ALT+RIGHT ARROW keyboard shortcut.

  • Select the Complete Word toolbar button from the Text Editor toolbar.

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