Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Add, Remove or Modify a Word in Spell Check

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Add, Remove or Modify a Word in Spell Check

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Q. Window's spell check is one of my favorite features--except for one thing: Every now and then I OK a word (usually a name) and later learn I misspelled it. But once it's in the dictionary, I can't figure out how to change it. Any suggestions?

A. You can edit the dictionary. It used to be a real chore in pre-XP versions of Windows Office, but now it's a breeze. Note, however, that the spell-check dictionary is used by all Windows applications--Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and OneNote--but you can edit only in Word. So to change a spelling in its memory, no matter what Office application you're working in, you must first open Word. Then go to Tools, Options, Spelling & Grammar and click on Custom Dictionaries (see screenshot on page 82). Unless you added a special dictionary, you probably only have one, called CUSTOM.DIC (default).

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To add, remove or modify a word, click on Modify, which brings up the CUSTOM. …

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