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Microsoft Office 2003

Customizing the Dictionary

A custom dictionary contains words not available in the main dictionary offered by Microsoft Office. You can create a new custom dictionary for Office or you can add or remove words from the main dictionary. You can create a new custom dictionary in Microsoft Word, which shares that dictionary with all of the Office programs, many of which allow you to add or delete a word from the dictionary. This document contains instructions for creating a custom dictionary and editing a custom dictionary using Word.

return to topCreating a Custom Dictionary

  1. From the Tools menu, select Options...
    The Options dialog box appears.

  2. Select the Spelling & Grammar tab

  3. Click CUSTOM DICTIONARIES...
    The Custom Dictionaries dialog box appears.

  4. Click NEW...
    The Create Custom Dictionary dialog box appears.

  5. In the File name text box, type the name for the custom dictionary

  6. Click SAVE

  7. Under Dictionary list, select the new custom dictionary
    NOTE: The new custom dictionary is selected if a check appears in the box next to it.

  8. Click OK

  9. On the Spelling and Grammar tab, deselect the Suggest from main dictionary only check box

  10. Click OK

return to topEditing a Custom Dictionary

You may add or delete words in a custom dictionary. To change the spelling of a word delete it, and add it with the correct spelling.

Editing a Custom Dictionary: Adding a Word

  1. From the Tools menu, select Options...
    The Options dialog box appears.

  2. Select the Spelling & Grammar tab

  3. Click CUSTOM DICTIONARIES...
    The Custom Dictionaries dialog box appears.

  4. Select the dictionary you want to edit
    NOTE: The dictionary is selected if there is a check mark in the box next to it.

  5. Click MODIFY...
    The selected dictionary dialog box appears.

  6. In the Word text box, type the word you want to add

  7. Click ADD
    The word has been added to the custom dictionary.

  8. Click OK until all dialog boxes are closed

Editing a Custom Dictionary: Deleting a Word

  1. From the Tools menu, select Options...
    The Options dialog box appears.

  2. Select the Spelling & Grammar tab

  3. Click CUSTOM DICTIONARIES...
    The Custom Dictionaries dialog box appears.

  4. Select the dictionary you want to edit
    NOTE: The dictionary is selected if there is a check mark in the box.

  5. Click MODIFY...
    The selected dictionary dialog box appears.

  6. From the Dictionary scroll box, select the word you want to delete

  7. Click DELETE

  8. Click OK until all dialog boxes are closed

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