Enable Auto Complete Feature in Windows 10

Autocomplete is a nice and handy feature available in many apps especially web browsers which helps to enter the repeated information automatically. This feature is also available in Windows 10.  If you are not able to remember what you have typed, it’s a good thing to enable autocomplete for Windows File Explorer.

It works the same way as it worked in web browsers. You just start typing and it will start displaying the next by itself. Like if you want to open control panel, just type C and it will start suggesting you with multiple options including control panel.

To enable autocomplete in windows 10, follow the following steps.

Click on the start button or press windows key + R and type regedit.

Now click on OK and it will open up registry editor for you. (Working on registry editor may malfunction your windows operating system. Please make sure you are following the exact steps.)

Now navigate to folder Auto Complete in the following path.


If AutoComplete folder is not available, right-click on Explore folder and click on New and then select Key. Enter the key name in Auto Complete.

Once you are in the Auto Complete folder you will see that there will be no key else Default on the right-hand side.

On right – hand side, right click, go to new and select String.

Name the string value as AutoSuggest. Now open this string by double-clicking and enter the string value as yes after that click ok.

Now close the registry editor. In any folder start typing anything and it will suggest you the contents automatically.

You can also disable this feature by deleting the registry key AutoSuggest or by entering the AutoSuggest value to no. The best practice is to set the value to no so that you can change it in future if required.

Muhammad Imran Habib

Imran is a technology evangelist with 8 years of experience working with some of the Industry leading companies. Imran's expertise includes On-Prem/Virtual Infrastructure deployments, IT Solutions for SMEs, End User Computing Support.

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