Autocomplete is a feature provided in many web based applications to speed up human-computer interactions. It involves the application predicting what the user is typing in without the user actually typing it in completely.
Autocomplete is available in VTA Backoffice and can be turned on an off in the user profile. When autocomplete is used for a particular field, the system does not present a drop-down list of all valid selections for that field. Instead, as you type into the field the system displays the list of items that begin with the text you have typed. The more characters you type the smaller the list becomes. Just like a regular drop-down list, you can click on an item in the list to select it or you can use the arrow keys to highlight the desired value and complete the selection by pressing the enter key. Not only does autocomplete make it easier to find the desired item in a list which will decrease data entry time, but it also makes the application pages load faster on your computer.
Activating the Autocomplete Options in Your User Profile
You will notice a number of autocomplete options. When turned on or checked, the related fields will use autocompletes, instead of drop-down lists, in data entry screens and also report screens. Here is a summary of the autocomplete options in the profile and the fields that are controlled by each option.
|Autocomplete Option||Related Field(s)|
|Auto-Complete for Courses||Area, Subject, Course Code, and Course Title|
|Auto-Complete for Employees||Employee ID and Name|
|Auto-Complete for Employee-Edit||Charge Code and Custom Category fields|
|Use Autocomplete for Job Titles||Job Title|
|Use Autocomplete for Positions||Position|
|Use Autocomplete for Department||Department|
|Use Autocomplete for Work Areas||Work Area|
We’ve given you the ability to choose the fields on which you want to use autocomplete. That’s because you need to know the data in order for autocomplete to be helpful for you. For example, if you aren’t familiar with the available job titles in your site, then you won’t know what to type into the job title field.
However, here’s a little trick.. If you are not sure what to type into an autocomplete field, type in %. This will display all available items in the list, just like the old drop-down list.
If you are not already using autocompletes, go ahead and give them a try. I think you’ll be glad you did.