I have a frustrating user experience problem in Linux; a common occurrence when using the notebook might go like:

  • I have, for some reason, used the mouse (e.g. to place the cursor) and then move the mouse pointer out of the way -- but muscle memory still places the pointer somewhere over the notebook
  • I use the notebook
  • At some point, I type in the full name of a function, but the autocomplete dropdown box opens under the mouse pointer, and whatever I typed gets replaced with whatever the mouse happened to be pointing at. (e.g. I type Sin[x] but get SinIntegral[x] because SinIntegral was under the mouse pointer when I typed [)

Is there an option to modify this behavior? e.g. so that a mouse click is required to get any pointer interaction with the dropdown box? (or, if necessary, to have autocomplete ignore the mouse entirely/)

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    $\begingroup$ Version/OS? Can't recreate this behavior on v10.2 Win 8.1. For me, as soon as I start typing, the mouse disappears if it's over the notebook window and is treated like it's not there. Even placing the mouse where I know that one of the dropdown options will appear does not highlight that option unless I move the mouse again after starting to type. $\endgroup$ – IPoiler Oct 14 '15 at 15:46
  • $\begingroup$ @IPoiler: v10.2 I think; I'm at home at the moment and use it at work, but it was that way last version too. $\endgroup$ – user5147 Oct 14 '15 at 15:53
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    $\begingroup$ I hate when this happens. And it happens a lot to me too since I also do most of my work on a Linux box. I am of the belief that it is particular to Linux bacause it seems not to happen when I'm on one of the other OS's. I don't suppose you also have cursor placement issues? I find that often when I want to add a character it shows up either one place to the left or right of where I thought it was being placed. Okay, enough griping for now. (And don't wind me up on cut-and-paste.) $\endgroup$ – Daniel Lichtblau Oct 14 '15 at 16:06
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    $\begingroup$ @DanielLichtblau is "Flash cursor tracker when insertion point moves unexpectedly" an enabled option in your Interface<-Preferences? I don't have access to my Linux machine atm to check and I can't find it's name in the option inspector, but perhaps this may help with your characters showing up left or right of the intended target. $\endgroup$ – IPoiler Oct 14 '15 at 16:26
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    $\begingroup$ I have this problem on linux as well. A working fix for me is to change "Enable autocompletion..." to something greater than 0 seconds because this problem only happens for me when I am typing quickly (or at least this is when it is most annoying) and I know the command I wish to use. 0.3 seconds seems to work well for me. $\endgroup$ – Jeremy Upsal Nov 29 '15 at 0:06

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