Auto-completing Text as an Alternative to Copy-paste

2012.05 | AVI 2012


The copy-paste command is a fundamental and widely used operation in daily computing. It is generally regarded as a simple task but the process can become tedious when frequent window switching is required to copy-paste across different documents. Auto-completion is another popular operation aimed at reducing users’ typing effort. It contrasts to copy-paste by allowing for text completion without switching windows. However, the available content for completion is predefined. We introduce AutoComPaste, an enhanced autocompletion technique for cross-document copy-paste. AutoComPaste allows users to copy-paste different granularity of text from all opened documents without window switching. Our theoretical analysis and empirical study show that AutoComPaste nicely complements traditional copy-paste techniques and outperforms the traditional copy-paste techniques when users have knowledge of the content to be copied.


copy-paste, windows management, autocompletion


Proceedings of the International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces

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Shengdong Zhao, Fanny Chevalier, Wei Tsang Ooi, Chee Yuan Lee, and Arpit Agarwal