I have bound C-x t to the command thesaurus-choose-synonym-and-replace (from the thesaurus library). When I execute the command, I get a popup under Windows 11 like this:

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I can pick items by pressing the first letter, but I would prefer not to have a Windows popup at all. I would prefer, for example, that the menu appear in the minibuffer, since I work faster if I can use the keyboard and not have to use the mouse. How might I accomplish this?

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    AFAICT, the only choices are x-popup-menu and dropdown-list (presumably only the latter is available on Windows). Do C-h v thesaurus-prompt-mechanism for more info.
    – NickD
    Commented Mar 18 at 0:51
  • I changed the value of {thesaurus-prompt-mechanism} from {x-popup-menu} to {dropdown-list}, but still get a Windows popup, not anything like a typical Emacs list. Commented Mar 19 at 2:52

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I guess this isn't vanilla Emacs (i.e., emacs -Q). It's not clear (to me) what library you're using for that command.

But if you are open to another library, maybe try Synonyms. Command synonyms prompts for a word (default: selected word or word under cursor) and lets you see/grab synonyms, with completion.

It doesn't automatically replace the selected word or word at point with any of the synonyms. But you easily could write a command to do that (or just copy and paste one).

  • I'll try this and see how it works for me. Commented Mar 19 at 2:53

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