I was wondering if there is a way to disable only some of the auto-complete suggestions and auto-corrections in TeXstudio. A couple of concrete examples:

  • When I type \ac{ to add an acronym using the acronym package, my text is automatically corrected to \acute{, which is pretty annoying.

  • First suggestion when typing \begin{eq, is eqnarray. As I only use the equation environment, it would be nice to eliminate this redundant suggestion so as to type faster, aka \begin{eq + Enter.

Do I need to somehow guess in which .cwl files those commands are and disable the whole completion file or is there a cleaner/easier way?

3 Answers 3


The easiest way is to tell TeXstudio to suggest the Most used commands you enter: Menu > Options > Configure > Completion > [Preferred Commands Set] select 'Most Used'.

Other than that, you can create your own .cwl set for TeXStudio to use.

  • Thanks. This did solve my problem with auto-completing \ac to \acute but it does not re-arrange the suggestions based on most used commands (i.e. swap order of eqnarray and equation). Fair enough. Another thing, I have my own command \R for the real numbers and whenever I try to type \R^ it automatically gets corrected to \Re^. Your suggestion does not seem to work there either, any idea why?
    – Dimitris
    Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 10:24
  • hmm, for a reason after enabling the option you suggest, my own defined commands in the document do not come up at all as suggestions any longer when I type, which is a pain
    – Dimitris
    Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 12:42
  • @Dimitris Rearanging suggestions by frequency is not possible in TS. To include your own commands in autocompetion list you must create a .cwl file for them, see chapter 4.12 in the teXstudio manual. But for want you want, fast access to very frequent commands or whatever key succesion, better use an external program like Autokey (linux), Autohotkey (win) or whatever is available for Mac. Then you'll have +100 keyboard shortcuts for whatever you use frequently.
    – alwaysask
    Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 12:46
  • Thanks for your suggestions! For the moment I found a simpler workaround for my issue.
    – Dimitris
    Commented Aug 4, 2016 at 14:08

For the record, in order to at least remove the annoying auto-completion when typing \ac{ to \acute{ (and similar commands), while keeping all other functionalities of TS in place (e.g., suggest all new commands at begin of document while typing), I had to uncheck the box "complete selected text when non-word character is pressed" under TexStudio > Preferences > Completion.

  • Instead it seems to be under Options > Configure TeXstudio > Completion Commented Sep 14, 2017 at 10:41

The lag is caused by the ToolTip-Help option. Go to Options -> Configure TeXstudio -> Completion -> Untick ToolTip-Help option. In the <Preferred Commands Set> option you can keep it at "Typical". This solved it for me.

  • Welcome to TeX.SX! Are you sure your post actually answers the OP's question? Your post seems to be about a lag of tooltip windows while the OP wants to remove extra entries from the auto-suggestion list.
    – siracusa
    Commented Aug 22, 2019 at 16:30

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