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Old 07-11-2012, 07:27 AM   #1
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Unhappy How do I disable autocomplete in Gnome's/Cairo-Dock's "open file" dialog?


I'm going mad dealing with Gnome 3's/Cairo-Dock's (not sure which it is, exactly) involuntary autocompletion of text that I type into the location bar of "open file" dialogs.

For example:
I enable the "Trash" applet, and want to change the empty and full icons to something more befitting my desktop theme. So, I right-click the icon and choose, "Configure this applet." I click the "Configuration" tab and then the "Open" button next to the entry for the applet's "empty" image.

Now, I have a dialogue that reads, "pick up a file" (not sure why it says that...) at the top, and a typical "breadcrumbs" view of the folder I'm in, with a tree to the left and a list of files and folders in the middle. I know where I'm going, so I press CTRL-L to bring up a text entry box for the location, and ATTEMPT to type the following:


...but while I type each word, the program completes it as soon as it can determine which directory's name I'm typing, so if I keep typing as normal, I get this:


...depending on when I realize that it's typing the ends of words for me--starting at unpredictable points within those words.

Does anyone know how to end this stupid behavior? (I mean the program's stupid behavior--not mine--just to be clear; the latter is immutable, I think.) ;-) Being something of a typist, it's quite a bit slower to stop and read what it's typing for me than it is to just type the whole thing, myself--and it's driving me nuts! I'd love to know just how to disable this auto-complete "feature."

Thanks for any help you can give.



auto-complete, cairo-dock, file dialog, gnome 3

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