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Ignore the Custom Dictionary

Friday, July 18th, 2008 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help, MS Word

Ignore the Custom Dictionary

Do you add a lot of content specific words to your MS Word custom dictionary? (You do it every time you click on the Add button during a spell check).

If you’re like me, there are quite a few terms that apply only when you’re working on a document for work. If I’m doing something else, let’s say writing an MS Office tip, having one of the algebra terms I use for work inadvertently show up via a typo would be a problem, especially since Word would approve the term based on my custom dictionary.

So, is there a way to get Word to temporarily ignore the words in your custom dictionary?

The answer is yes! I mean, why else would I ask?

Basically, what you need to know is that in Word’s Options, there’s a place where you can tell it to only spell check with the main dictionary (the one the program started with).

Obviously, different versions have the Word Options in different places, so let’s begin with Word 2007.

  • You need to go to the Office button and click on the Word Options button in the bottom right hand corner.

  • Once you’re there, you need to navigate to the Proofing section.

  • Under the “When correcting spelling in Microsoft Office programs” section, select the “Suggest from main dictionary only” option.

  • Click OK.

For other versions of Word, let’s see what you need to do.

  • First, go to the Tools menu, Options choice.

  • Now, go to the Spelling and Grammar tab.

  • You’ll need to select the “Suggest From Main Dictionary Only” option.

  • Click OK.

Voila! Your custom dictionary words are ignored for the time being. (Note: Don’t forget to undo this when you want to include the extra words in your spell checks). Enjoy!

~ April

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