Microsoft Office – removing a misspelled word from the dictionary


Posted: March 26, 2014

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!). The red squiggly line vanishes and the spelling error is over-looked when you run a spell check.

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

 

Removing a misspelled word from the Word, Excel or PowerPoint custom dictionary

Microsoft Office 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 Microsoft Office, you can right-click the word and select Add to Dictionary. This now adds the word to a shared dictionary. So if you add a word while using Excel, the word will be overlooked as a spelling error when used in other Office applications, e.g. Word.

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 in Word, Excel and PowerPoint:

  1. From the File tab select Options.

2. Select Proofing from the side list.

3. Click Custom Dictionaries.  With the RoamingCustom.dic file selected click the Edit Word List button.

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4. Add or delete words in the list.

5. Click OK until you have closed out of Options and returned to your document.

 

Removing a misspelled word from the Outlook custom dictionary

  1. From the File tab select Options.

2. Select Mail from the side list. In the Compose group of options, click Spelling and Autocorrect.

3. Click Custom Dictionaries.  With the RoamingCustom.dic file selected click the Edit Word List button.

4. Add or delete words in the list.

5. Click OK until you have closed out of Options and returned to Outlook.

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