Using the Autocomplete Feature in a VEXcode V5 Python Project

Using the Python Autocomplete feature while creating a Python project in VEXcode V5 can help save time and prevent errors when typing commands.

How to Use Python Autocomplete Feature

Clawbot drivetrain no gyro

Note: This project uses the Clawbot (Drivetrain, 2-motor, No Gyro) template.

Begin typing to open the selection menu.

selection menu

The device or command name will appear in a drop down selection menu.

control space command

To access a list of the possible commands available using the Autocomplete function, press Control + Space (on Windows, macOS, and Chrome OS).

Make a Selection with the Python Autocomplete Feature

autocomplete menu

Press “Enter/Return” or “Tab” on your keyboard or select the command with your cursor to make a selection.

Note that with longer selection menus, you can make a selection using one of the following options:

  • Use your “Up” and “Down” keys to select the name you want, then press “Tab” or “Enter/Return” on your keyboard to make the selection.
  • Use your cursor to scroll up and down in the Autocomplete menu. Then make the desired selection.

Add a Dot Operator to List all the Commands Available to that Device

available commands

Adding a dot operator (a period, “.”) will open a new menu of all commands available to the device.

Make a Selection by Using One of the Following Options

Choose drive for

Use the “Up” and “Down” buttons on your keyboard to navigate the menu and then press “Return" on Mac, “Enter" on Windows or Chromebook to make a selection.

Select with your cursor on the desired command.

Add Parameters

drive for options

Parameters are the options that are passed to the command between the parenthesis.

inches mm

Some commands require multiple parameters. Use a comma to separate different parameters in the same command.

Wait true

Some parameters are optional, such as the wait=True in the following example. For more information about parameters, view the command’s Help information to determine which parameters are needed, and which are optional.

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