Does anyone know if it possible to change the autocomplete precedence/order in Texmaker ? For instance, on my Windows installation, when I begin to type \begin{al..., the first thing that pops up is \begin{align*}, which is my mostly commonly used environment. This is great, since I can just type \begin{al + Tab and my environment is there.

However, I've been using my Ubuntu version a lot more recently, and the first thing to pop up on the autocomplete list is now \begin{align}, no star. This has made typing a bit irritating, since I now have to remember to hit the up arrow every time. For some reason I vaguely recall that Texmaker "learns" your behaviour, but I could be making that up ?

  • Are the TeXmaker version on Windows and Ubuntu same ? then IDE should behave similar. It autocompletes align* on Ubuntu properly although align appears first in auto complete list since align* is highlighted first, I have noticed \begin{al and Tab button auto completes \begin{align*}...\end{align*} on Ubuntu with TeXmaker 4.0.2. Jul 10, 2013 at 20:18
  • @texenthusiast I guess I have version 3.2 on Ubuntu (it's what the Ubuntu software center had). I'll maybe try installing the newer version, but I suppose the question still stands.
    – icurays1
    Jul 10, 2013 at 21:12
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    TeXmaker version might be old on Ubuntu's repository. Remove the old version and then Download Latest Version:4.0.2 installation using gdebi package installer. Customize auto-completion in Texmaker. In my view: Changing autocomplete order in TeXMaker needs changing in source : may be Feature request. Jul 10, 2013 at 21:22
  • Only a suggestion, not an answer. Try to use TeXstudio. In my opinion is better than Texmaker.
    – Sigur
    Jul 10, 2013 at 23:33

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Texmaker does not appear to offer a way to alter the order of suggestions for auto-completion. Thus addition of this would seem to be an feature request for the editor. As noted in comments \begin{align*} rather than \begin{align} seems to be the one selected by default if one types \begin{al (tested with version 4.0.3). It is also worth noting that TeXstudio was forked from Texmaker a few years ago and does have some more sophisticated options to auto-completion, in particular offering separate 'common', 'all' and 'frequently used' lists of results for completion.

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