Enable auto complete mode

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This tweak lets you control the automatic text completion feature of Windows explorer.
Level: Recommended For Novice Users
This feature appends the entered text to the words as you continue typing as well as displaying a drop-down list of available values. For this, go to start > run menu, enter regedit and navigate to the registry path listed below. If the subkeys \currentversion\explorer\autocomplete are not present, create it as explained below. Then, create a string value name append completion, if this value does not exist. Now, right-click and modify the value data box with yes to enable the setting and no to disable it. Click ok and close the registry editor. After logoff or system restart, changes take effect. Note: this setting also changes the auto complete functionality of internet explorer. When editing the registry it is highly recommended to run a quick scan for optimization, you can test your system now for free.


First, click the 'Start' button, and select 'Run'. In the resulting dialog box, type "regedit".
Second, go to the <b>[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoComplete\]</b> key, right-click on the blank area in the right pane and click on "New > String Value" to create a new String value with the name "Append Completion".
Third, right-click on the 'Append Completion' String value and click on "Modify".
Finally, enter the value "Yes" in the text box and click on 'OK'.

Registry Entries

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  • Path: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoComplete\]
  • Location: Current User
  • Value Name: Append Completion
  • Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)
  • Enabled Value: Yes
  • Disabled Value: No
  • Action Type: Add an Entry

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