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Word – Clean-up the dictionary

PROBLEM: Accidentally adding “mispelled” words in to the dictionary. Unfortunately once you do this a spell check no longer sees the word as a spelling error (ahhhhhh!).

SOLUTION: Remove a misspelled word from the dictionary (phew!).


Word 2010, 2013 & 2016 – Editing your custom dictionary

Word makes it easy to identify misspelled words by placing a red squiggly line beneath them. For those words that are spelled correctly but unknown to Word you can right-click the word and select Add to Dictionary. This then places the word into your Custom Dictionary. However, what if you accidentally add a misspelled word to your dictionary? Thankfully you can edit the words saved to your Custom Dictionary. This is how you do it:

  1. From the File tab select Options.
  2. Select Proofing from the side list.
  3. Click Custom Dictionaries.  With the CUSTOM.DIC file selected click the Edit Word List button.
  4. Add or delete words in the list.  Click OK until you have closed out of Options and returned to your document.

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