Autocomplete involves the program predicting a word or phrase that the user wants to type in without the user actually typing it in completely

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When should you start autocompleting a search in autocomplete search field?

We're implementing an Autocomplete search field on a website we're working on. However the question arises: At what point should you start showing the autocomplete results? download bmml ...
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How do I make it obvious that Autocomplete suggestions are not mandatory?

We developed an invitation widget that autocompletes names based on who the user follows on Twitter. It is also possible to invite anybody, but I feel like this design makes it look like you 'must' ...
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Guidelines for autocomplete widgets

What guidelines exist when working with autocomplete widgets? I'm hoping for general guidelines that apply across different application types: web, desktop, and mobile. A response to a Search as you ...
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Delay on keystroke when search as you type

I'm deploying an instant search on my windows app. At the first implementation, when the user type a key, the search engine make a query and return the results. I thought that that wasn't too much ...
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Is it ok to change the (US) address input field order in favor of a pre-fill feature?

I am working on an international site that requires the user to enter his postal address. I am wondering if it makes sense to have a slightly different order of input fields in favor of a time saving ...
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Handling Autocomplete when User Presses Enter

I have a simple JQuery Autocomplete with a list from the database. My question is not of technical nature, but of usability. How do you respond to a user pressing the Enter key when the search key is ...
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Effectiveness of suggested answers on forums, like Stack Exchange

Is there data or research on how effective suggested answers are in preventing people from asking duplicate questions on online forums and Q&A sites? While some people make an effort to search, ...
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How to tell the user that an input box is autocomplete-enabled?

Is there a good graphical sign which tells the user that a particular field on the page is autocomplete enabled? For instance, the field name says "Document author". When you start typing in that ...
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How to indicate a text field is autocomplete capable? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to tell the user that an input box is autocomplete-enabled? Has anyone come across any kind of visual indicator that suggests a text field will autocomplete? ...
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Autocomplete no results behaviour

First, a bit of background: I am using autocomplete to provide suggestions (in my case a list of users) to provide tokenized input to a text field: download bmml source – Wireframes ...
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Should I use javascript cookies in lieu of autofill where autofill is unreliable?

Autofill is a good option for users who don't have an account. But it seems that how browsers determine how they'll implement autofill information varies. I'm not surprised of course. In Chrome, it's ...
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Auto-suggest confuses users; How do I improve it?

I wanted to get some ideas on how a problem like this might be avoided. A mobile app (android, ios) that I work on uses a local sqllite DB to power an auto-suggest feature on the search screen. The ...
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Should I change how a list is displayed based on number of options?

In a web application I work on, I have been asked to change an existing 'Owner' field from being free-form to accept only predefined values from a list. Sometimes that list can be manually configured ...
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List autocomplete delete/edit behaviour

I am not sure what these widgets are called, but they are the ones used to assigned tags to questions on SE and appear in webmail apps such as GMail and Hotmail as well: If someone could chime in ...
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What's the best way to select a suburb from a large list on a mobile device?

I need the user to select the suburb that they live in. It's no good just entering any old text, it has to match one of the suburbs in my database. My current implementation is an auto-complete text ...
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Autocomplete returns more than X records

I have read How many items in a web form drop down is too many?. I almost agree with Vitaly's answer: no more than 30 (X) items in a drop down. So if auto-complete request returns more than X records, ...
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Automatically limiting or correcting numeric input field values

The application interface I am working on has an slider to select a number, but offers a text input field next to it. This allows reading the currently selected value, but also supports keyboard ...
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How fast does autocomplete need to be for a good user experience? [duplicate]

Has there been any study into how quickly autocomplete suggestions need to show up for a good user experience?
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Normal select box vs autocomplete widget UX wise

Was wondering is anyone had experience dealing with autocomplete widget vs using a select box when you got 100-200-300 items in the select box. I think the general consensus is that the autocomplete ...
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Need feedback on how to design a web-based search for books, authors or isbn

We have tens of thousands of authors in the database and there are sometimes over 100 books published by a single author. Each specific type of book is uniquely identified by ISBN. I want to create a ...
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Inputting addresses using autocomplete

I have a web application where the user will need to fill many addresses (a few users entering the addresses of other people). It uses autocomplete to speed things up and to reduce duplication (the ...
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Autocomplete: How to display minimum characters

I've joined you especially for this question :-) Our web-based system has a search for person names that is heavily used - so heavily that we have run into performance issues. The search uses jQuery ...
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Autocomplete Search takes you directly to product

A user enters text in a search box and a list of autocomplete options appear. The user clicks on one of these suggestions. Should they be sent straight to that product's page, or should they be sent ...
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How to analyze quality of data to be used in an autosuggest or autocomplete?

How does one review and analyze the underlying data set for an autosuggest in order to know what mitigating choices to take with the autosuggest UX? I am concerned there may be problems in a data set ...
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position of lens icon in auto suggest field

Can some one suggest which is the best place for keeping lens icon for auto suggest/ auto complete field from usability point of view? I have seen most of the sites keeping it on the right side of the ...
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what is the best way to have an autocomplete at the bottom of a webpage

I have a webapp, and it has a list of items at the bottom of the page. The last item is a textbox with autocomplete. So the text box is right at the bottom of the page. I want the textbox to do ...
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How to force a user to choose from suggestions by typing

In auto-complete input fields, the suggestions are usually optional, but the user can type whatever he wants. I want to force the user to choose from the suggested list. The best option I can think ...
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Why do some sites block autocomplete on emails?

As a regular and frequent online shopper I have noticed that quite a few sites switch off autocomplete on email fields. For me this doesn't make too much sense, I am more likely to make a mistake ...
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Helping users identify site search functionality

I'm looking for ways to better expose the search functionality, which in my case plays a big usage role. I've been conducting talks with users, and have managed to identify that it's functionality was ...
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How to provide autocomplete and autosuggest on the same search box at the same time

In this article, Tony Russell-Rose explains autocomplete and autosuggest, and the differences between them. Any thoughts on how to apply both to the one search box and the one time? Any examples or ...
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Will users scroll the autocomplete results on a mobile device?

I am working on search functionality for a mobile website. We are using a drop down list of smart auto complete suggestions so that the user won't have to type as much. In this case, a travel app, the ...
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Form auto completion and button placement

I have a form which represents a book, the user enters the title, authors, publication year, etc... We have a feature which will auto-complete the entire book if the user enters enough info for us to ...
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Search auto complete / suggestions usage

Does anybody have any statistics as to how many people end up selecting an auto-suggestion versus typing their own search phrase when performing a search online with auto-suggestion capabilities? ...
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Good web-form dropdown alternative for unfamiliar fields?

In general, I try to limit use of dropdowns to lists of no more than ~15 or so options. For larger lists with options the user is familiar with, I tend to favor autocomplete text inputs. However, ...
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jQuery AutoSuggest or Dropdown for Data Input

We are working on an improvement to a project that requires users to enter their state, city, and street to get a result back based off what they entered. The current model asks users to freeform type ...
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Is there a standard way to indicate a suggestive search (autocomplete) in a wireframe form?

I'm designing an interface, and I'm currently creating a wireframe to guide me before developing it. I know that a particular form will make suggestions, but if I were to, say, get another developer ...
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How many search suggestion should I display?

On my e-commerce site, we are implementing search suggestion to help users find their products quicker. Most sites displays 10 suggestions but my teammate is suggesting 5. From the UX perspective, ...
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What to do for slow autocomplete?

I'm making an app that can search Metacritic (screen-scraper app). In the search box, I have an autocomplete function, which essentially does exactly what pressing "Search" would do, which is query ...
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What intent does the Tab key convey?

My particular case is an autocomplete dropdown, but this goes for the general use case too: what does the user intend when they hit Tab? Is it merely to leave the current field, or to deliberately ...
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Type ahead search and URL history entry

I am designing a user management system for an intranet. It takes after most traditional interfaces for managing and editing user details. The system is designed with fall back so that users without ...
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Why does mobile phone auto correct fail?

You know what happens when you type anything on a mobile device, it corrects your spelling to something you didn't want. But you don't realize it until you've sent the message, and then it's too late, ...
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How to combine “Find Company” and “New Company” in one text area?

I am designing a website where users can enter "assignments": Company details A project they have worked on with the company Their role within the project download bmml source – ...
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Postal Address Autocomplete

There are quite a few fields to fill in, and I can't make up my mind regarding how should the autocomplete functionality work. I found 2 or 3 other similar questions here, but they didn't help me with ...
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Search Suggestion Drop List Width

From a UX perspective, should I make the width of my search suggestion drop list dynamic (width changes depending on the longest suggested term/phrase) OR constant (width remains the same as the width ...
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Google places autocomplete with multiple(2) submit buttons

I'll try to make it short, as the problem is simple but long to explain: I'm using google autocomplete on a location search input. It's on the site's header so it should be quick and comfortable to ...
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How to present a long list of autocomplete items beside a short list

We have the requirement to implement the autocomplete feature for the search textbox. That's when user enters a certain search term, the web should bring the suggestions that let her/him do these ...
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“Responsively” select an item from a large closed collection?

I'm building a responsive web application. One of the main focus of this application is to efficiently collect information. In some fields, I need the user to select one value from a large collection ...
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Handling bad input in an autocomplete

Due to browser compatibility reasons and some issues with specific forms, in one of the products I'm working on we included a custom control for autocompletion of the Recipient field of an email ...
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What is an effective way to allow user select from a list of thousands of customers

For browser based web application, I need the user to select a customer from thousands of available customers. The user may have the ID of the given customer or just the Full Name & Address. In ...
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Autocomplete / Typeahead / Find As You Type widget usability on mobile

I'm wondering if anyone has a good solution for the following scenario. In a Web App I'm working on users can type "freeform" in a text field that has an AJAX Autocomplete list "drop down" provided ...