As soon as you have typed a sufficient number of valid characters to equal or exceed the Minimum Character Threshold, the word list will be searched for all known words beginning with those characters. If any matching words are found, the Text Suggestions window will appear with those words; otherwise the window will not be displayed.
If you select any of the suggested words, it will be inserted into the text.
The order of words in the list depends on the statistics accumulated by Comfort On-Screen Keyboard. The application initially has predefined data on word frequency and word order for the most popular languages. These data are stored in the Common subfolder. When you type any text, Comfort On-Screen Keyboard memorizes the words that you use, so that later it can place the most frequently used ones in the beginning of the list. Which words are suggested also depends on the previously typed text.
Any new words, which are not available in the installed dictionaries, are saved to the “custom.dic” file. To edit that file, select the file in the list, and then click the Edit... button. When you finish editing the file, click the Read/Refresh word list button.
The word usage statistics is kept separately from other data. To clear the statistics, click the Reset Statistics button.
The Text Suggestions feature uses files with the “dic” extension (for example, “en.dic”). These files are stored in the Data directory folder. To download a file for your language, click the Download... button.
You can also create your own file with a word list. The file can contain any words or numerical values.
Show as a set of buttons next to the on-screen keyboard
With this option turned on, when the on-screen keyboard is visible, words will be displayed as a set of buttons; otherwise words will be displayed as a vertical list.
Align text left
If this check box is checked, the words in the "Text suggestions" window are aligned to the left, otherwise they are centered.
With this option turned on, the Text Suggestions window will be automatically hidden if no matching words have been found. Otherwise you can resize the Text Suggestions window or move it anywhere on the screen.
Show, hide and move with the on-screen keyboard
Checking this checkbox will make the word list behave like part of the on-screen keyboard. Otherwise the word list will be displayed next to the text cursor.
Minimum character threshold
This value defines how many characters of a word you need to type before the Text Suggestions window appears.
Number of displayed words
This value defines how many words will be displayed in the Text Suggestions window.
Appearance delay (msec)
The delay between the typing of valid characters and the appearing of the Text Suggestions window.
Add a space after I choose a text suggestion
The application can automatically type a space after you use word completion. This option is very handy as you won’t have to press the space bar after each word. When you don’t want to add a space automatically, right-click on the word.
Do not show words with 1 character remaining
If this checkbox is checked, nearly finished words will not be shown.
You can display shortcuts on the left side of the Text Suggestions window. This option lets you paste a word by using a numeric key.
Confirm with key
If words are displayed as a vertical list, you can select a word using the arrow keys, and then use the specified key to paste the selected word. If words are arranged in a horizontal line, the first (leftmost) word will be inserted.
Learn new words
If this checkbox is checked, commonly used words will be saved to the “custom.dic” file.
Note: The words that you enter are saved in the UTF-8 format.
Confirmation of the addition of words to the custom dictionary
With this option on, a confirmation window will be displayed for adding a new word to the “custom.dic” file.
Disappearance delay (msec)
When this time expires, the confirmation window for adding a new word will disappear.
Confirm with key
You can press this key to confirm the adding of a new word to the dictionary.
The folder containing dictionaries and user statistics.
The dictionaries are ASCII files that can be edited directly like any other plain text files.
Read/Refresh word list
Click this button after editing a dictionary.
This button clears the user statistics. If the Show text suggestions as I type option is on, the statistics will be collected at all times. The statistics cannot be viewed or edited by the user, but only cleared.
Tips and tricks
|•||To remove a word directly from the custom dictionary, highlight it in the word list and press the Delete key. For this method to work, the Show as a set of buttons next to the on-screen keyboard option must be turned off.|
|•||To disable common statistics for different languages, delete the files from the Common subfolder.|