Enable Windows 10 Autocomplete Feature to Increase Productivity


If are using Windows 10 for the first time, you will quickly realize that navigating through your files and folders is pretty much quick and straight-forward. But what if you wanted to put it on steroids? In this guide, you will learn how to enable Windows 10 autocomplete feature and use it to find what you are looking for in an instant; even if you don’t remember its proper name.

Currently, there is one way to search for a file or folder on Windows which is the file explorer that pretty much everyone uses. The problem is when you don’t remember the names which happens pretty much all the time. Enabling autocomplete on Windows 10 will help you because it will complete the word for you even if you don’t remember the name.

You are used to autocomplete on Google search where you start typing “Michael” and Google comes up with options like Jackson, Jordon, Phelps and so on. So, if you want to open Power Options in Windows 10 but don’t remember the name, you begin typing power and you will be presented will all the possible options.


Enable Windows 10 Autocomplete Feature

In order to enable the Windows 10 autocomplete feature in file explorer, the first thing you will need is administrative rights. So make sure you are logged in using admin ID and password with full access and rights, and not a guest user account.

Once you have made sure that you do have administrative rights to the user account, you will need to launch Windows Registry and find the below file location:

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoComplete

windows 10 autocomplete

Here, you are searching for a value (file name) – AutoSuggest. This is not your usual file that you can simply open and make changes, so I recommend don’t mess around with it much. On the right side, you will find its value. You need to change its value to Yes. This essentially means that you are now allowing Windows 10 to suggest values when you are searching for something on your computer.

windows 10 autocomplete autosuggest

To change the value to Yes, simply click on it twice to open a window where you can set the desired value. It will look like the screenshot below.

windows 10 autocomplete value

What happens if the file is simply non-existant? Simple. All you have to do, in this situation, is to create a new file and give it the name “AutoSuggest” and set the file type as REG_SZ and save it.

You have enabled the autocomplete feature on Windows 10. Now, it is time to test this new (old) feature on your Windows 10 and see how it works. Point your mouse on the address bar (dialogue box) and click to begin typing.

Windows Autocomplete in Action

When you type the letter “D”, based on your system, you will get options like these:

enable autocomplete on windows 10

This feature can actually help you save a lot of time when you are working on your laptop and do not have a click and point device connected, like a mouse. Using the touchpad and keyboard simultaneously can be cumbersome even if you do not realize it.

If you like working with keyboards and know all the necessary shortcuts, than keyboard can be a lot faster than using the mouse in several situations.

In case you do not like the Windows 10 autocomplete feature, it won’t bother you. You can still disable the autocomplete feature by repeating the same process above and setting the value to “No”. It is a harmless feature that will not annoy you even if you let it stay enabled. Enabling or disabling the feature will, in no way, increase or decrease the speed of your computer.

What if I am using an older version of Windows like 7 or 8. I have tested the AutoComplete feature on my spare Windows 7 Ultimate PC and safely say that it works as advertised. If it is working on 7 and 10, then I guess it should be working on 8 as well.

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