Using the Python Autocomplete Feature - Python Tutorials

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

The following article will cover:

  • How to Use Python Autocomplete Feature

How to Use Python Autocomplete Feature

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

Clawbot drivetrain no gyro

Begin typing to open the selection menu.

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

selection menu

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

control space command

Make a Selection with the Python Autocomplete Feature

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.
    autocomplete menu

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

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

available commands

Make a Selection by Using One of the Following Options

  • 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.
    Choose drive for

Add Parameters

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

drive for options

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

inches mm

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.

Wait true