The very flexible text editor used by Confluence is one of the many things that make working with the enterprise collaboration tool so smooth and productive. Its WYSIWYG capabilities allow you to create documents in a straightforward and pleasant way without having to hassle with unwieldy markup directives. Formatting the page you’re currently writing can be very easily done using Confluence’s editor autoformatting feature so you don’t have to constantly use the mouse in order to format your text. For instance, just type „h1.“ at the beginning of a line to make this line turn into a headline, or wrap a word in *asterisks* to make it bold.

In addition to that, Confluence allows you to quickly insert hyperlinks or macros using its autocomplete feature. Just type „[“ plus the first few characters of a page title and a suggestion list pops up from which you can easily choose a link target to be inserted as a hyperlink. This autocomplete feature comes in handy when you don’t want to type in a lot of text just to insert a link to another Confluence page.

But what about regular text? What if you have a number of longer words that you need to type over and over again? Either because you’re writing a lot about Shakespeare and often need to type „Shakespeare“ or words like Honorificabilitudinitatibus or because you’re writing in other non-English languages such as German, Finnish, or Hungarian which are infamous for their long words.

In that case, if you’re working with a plain Confluence instance you have no other choice than to type the same words over and over again. This gets tedious over time.

We have released a new app for Confluence that will assist you in this regard. The app Word Completion for Confluence, which is now available in the marketplace for all Confluence versions starting with 5.10, will do exactly this. It adds a new autocomplete capability to the Confluence editor that suggests a list of words to complete the word you are just about to type.

Let’s see this app in action:

The word completion feature in action

As you can see, every time you start typing a word that has been typed before at least once, a suggestion list pops up with word proposals that can complete the word you just started to type. You can then select one of these proposals by using the arrow keys and hitting Enter and have it inserted at the current cursor position. This will save you a fair amount of time and makes writing longer texts much more pleasant.

In the long run, if many of your Confluence users regularly use this feature, the amount of saved time will add up enormously so that there is more time at hand to do more important things than typing.

In addition, as a positive side-effect, the orthographic quality of your texts will increase with this app. Misspelled words can be easily spotted in the word completion suggestion lists where they stand out more than in the text body itself. So if you find a typo in one of the proposed words you can just do a global search and replace for this misspelled word in order to remove it from the document and hence from the suggestion lists.

It must be noted that in the current version of the app, only the currently edited page is considered for providing word completion suggestions. That is, only words that occur on the current page will be suggested so that there will be no suggestions on an empty page. Even if the animation above seems to show the contrary, the words provided as word completion suggestions are all present on the nonvisible bottom of the page and have been cropped for the sake of the demo. This restriction might be dropped in a future version of the app.

If you find this enhancement of the Confluence editor useful you’re encouraged to go ahead and install the app into your testing environment to give it a try with an evaluation license. We’re looking forward to your reviews!