How do I remove a misspelled word from spell check?

All programs that have a spell check feature can add words into a custom dictionary. This feature allows the program to recognize new words as correctly spelled words. Unfortunately, words that are spelled improperly can also be added, which causes them to no longer be recognized as incorrect. To edit any words that have been added to your word processor's dictionary, find you program below and follow the steps.

Microsoft Word, OneNote, Access, Excel, and PowerPoint

  1. Microsoft WordSelect the File tab.
  2. Select Options.
  3. Select Proofing.
  4. Make sure the Suggest from main dictionary only checkbox does not have a mark in it.
  5. Click on Custom Dictionaries.
  6. In the Custom Dictionaries window, make sure the checkbox next to each custom entry that you want to use is selected. Uncheck entries that you no longer want.
  7. Click Apply, and then Ok.

Older Versions

All of the older Microsoft programs rely on the custom.dic file as the default location to store any added words. Although this file can be edited in other programs or through one of the other Microsoft programs listed above the steps below are how to edit this file using Microsoft Word.

  1. Open Microsoft program.
  2. Click Tools.
  3. Click Options.
  4. Click the Spelling & Grammar tab.
  5. Click the Dictionaries button.
  6. Select CUSTOM.DIC if not already selected and click the Edit button.
  7. Locate and remove the word and then Save the file.

Tip: Users of Word 2007 and 2010 can access the Options window by clicking the large icon in the upper left-hand corner, and then Word Options in the bottom of the window that appears.

OpenOffice Writer

  1. Open the Spellcheck feature by clicking the Spellcheck button or by clicking Tools and then Spellcheck.

Note: If you're in a blank document, or a document with no misspellings, you may need to create a misspelling so this window remains open.

  1. Click the Options button.
  2. Click the Edit button.
  3. Locate and highlight the word you want to remove and click the Delete button.

Additional information

  • See our spell checker definition for further information and related links on this term.