Not really sure how to ask since I have no idea what just happened, but I'll try my best :-)

I just typed "I" into a textfield here on Yosemite and then tried to click on an icon in the Mac OS status bar (with the option key and some other key pressed AFAIK), but I missed and the next thing I saw was a dropdown that contained the entries "He", "She", "It", "You", "We", ...I am unable to reproduce and would like to know what this was and how to make it happen again?

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It is possible that you pressed the esc key. Yosemite has a similar feature to iOS 8's QuickType keyboard that "intelligently predicts" what you are trying to type. It looks like this:

Predictive text menu on OS X Yosemite

Is this what appeared?

  • That is it! Is that new in Yosemite?
    – Krumelur
    Dec 23, 2014 at 19:33
  • It is. It wasn't really advertised, which is why many people don't know about it.
    – aaplmath
    Dec 23, 2014 at 19:34
  • But it's not working everywhere (just tried in a new email). Found this for reference: idownloadblog.com/2014/09/04/…
    – Krumelur
    Dec 23, 2014 at 19:36
  • That's true. I've found it only works in certain text areas. As an OS X developer, I've managed to get it working in NSTextViews, but not all text areas. I'm not entirely sure on what determines whether or not it is available in a given place.
    – aaplmath
    Dec 23, 2014 at 19:41

What I think you saw is the writing suggestions, accessible by pressing Esc.



You may have seen Spotlight. It has a built in Dictionary, Thesaurus, and Calculator. It's a little magnifying glass in the menu bar, towards the top and right of the screen.

What you probably hit was ⌥Option+⌘Command+⇧Shift.

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