Edit Your Own Custom Dictionary: MS Word

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Recently, Dennis asked me:

" I've just finished reading your previous article, 'Disable Custom Dictionary in MS Word', and was wondering: how can I edit my own custom dictionary? I ask this because at one time I ran spell check on a document and accidentally added a misspelled word to my custom dictionary. I wanted to remove the misspelled word from the dictionary, but couldn't figure out how to do it. Can you suggest anything? "

Carol's response:


To remove words from your custom dictionaries:

  1. Launch MS Word.
  2. Go to Tools | Options | Spelling & Grammar; on the Tools menu, click Options. Then click the Spelling & Grammar tab.
  3. Select your dictionary; make sure you do not clear its check box, and then click Modify.
  4. At this point, you can do one of the following: To add a word, type it in the Word box, and then click Add. To delete a word, select it in the Dictionary box, and then click Delete. To edit a word, delete it, and then add it with the spelling you want.

That's it!

One other thing worth noting: you cannot remove words from the Default dictionary in Word.

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