AutoComplete does not work in InfoPath 2007 and Windows Vista - Ted Fitch

InfoPath Dev

Ted Fitch

AutoComplete does not work in InfoPath 2007 and Windows Vista

"AutoComplete" in InfoPath is a handy feature.  For users that fill out many forms or similar forms over and over again "AutoComplete" allows users to quickly select previously entered text from a drop down list in the InfoPath client.  This can save a lot of time for end users depending upon the form and data being entered.

Recently a client opened a bug for a form we had created - the client wanted me to "add AutoComplete back to the form" and wanted to know why we had removed such a handy feature from the form ("Enable AutoComplete" in display options for text boxes was checked). 

Upon further investigation it looks like this is a bug with Vista and InfoPath 2007 and I have been able to repro this on several different Vista setups to verify; by default as in InfoPath 2003 the "Enable AutoComplete" option is turned on for text boxes in Vista, toggling this control has no effect on the behavior of this issue.

Here is an image showing the AutoComplete working in XP and not working in Vista in InfoPath 2007:

Vista vs XP AutoComplete



chauvinr said:

I'd like to know if Autocomplete can be pre-populated per field.

I guess we should get the basic functioning first, though.

August 8, 2007 7:05 AM

sboyddyn said:

My situation is a little different.  I have a dropdown combo box that has employees.  I want the user to be able to start typing and the list narrows down the more characters are typed so that they don't have to scroll down and find the employee.  I don't want them to be able to add someone to the field if the employee is not in the list.  Any suggestions?  Thanks

December 19, 2007 12:48 PM
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