[OS X TeX] Still trying to understand autocompletion

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sun Jul 11 11:41:56 EDT 2010

On Jul 11, 2010, at 10:17 AM, Alan Munn wrote:

> Hi again.  Thanks to Herb and Dick for fixing the autocompletion bug.  I hope I haven't found another one, and the following is just me not understanding how it's supposed to work:
> If I type:
> \begin{ite
> and hit Tab or Esc
> I get the following:
> \begin{itemize}
> \item
>> \end{itemize}•
> Surely that linebreak shouldn't be there?  Can I get rid of it?   And what's the • after the \end{itemize} doing there?
> Alan
> (On a separate note, auto completion messes with a great parenthesis balancer (AutoPairs) that I use, but I doubt this is a fixable problem, and I'll have to decide which is more useful to me in practice.)
> -- 
> Alan Munn


By ``linebreak'' do you mean between the \item and the following • for the text? It's the way I like it! :-) It can also be easily changed. Open the CommandCompletion.txt file (Source->Completion->Open Completion File…) and find the (multiple) itemize (and item) entries and remove the #RET# between the \item and the •. The reason there are multiple entries is that you there are multiple ways to bring up; and you've chosen one of the more difficult :-).

Rather than using completions use abbreviations. To get the itemize environment above simply put


or \bit (the b starts all abbreviations for environments, e.g., benu for an enumerate environment) and trigger the Command Completion. If you have the latest CommandCompletion.txt file there should be documentation, which contains tables of all the abbreviations, in ~/Library/TeXShop/CommandCompletion/; if it isn't there you aren't using the latest CommandCompletion.txt file---move the ~/Library/TeXShop/CommandCompletion/ folder to your Desktop and restart TeXShop. You need only type part of an abbreviation; then pressing the trigger multiple times will cycle through all the matches.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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