How to remove a misspelled word from spell check

Updated: 03/01/2018 by Computer Hope

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, follow the steps for the application you're using.

Microsoft Word, OneNote, Access, Excel, and PowerPoint

Microsoft Word

To remove misspelled words from spellcheck in Word, OneNote, Access, Excel, and PowerPoint:

  1. Select the File tab.
  2. Select Options.
  3. Select Proofing.
  4. Make sure the Suggest from main dictionary only check box does not have a mark in it.
  5. Click on Custom Dictionaries.
  6. In the Custom Dictionaries window, make sure the check box 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

Software in very old versions of Windows relied on the custom.dic file as the default system dictionary file. It can be edited directly. Follow these steps to edit this file using Microsoft Word.

  1. Open Word.
  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.

Users of Word 2007 and 2010 can access the Options window by clicking the large icon in the upper-left 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.

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.

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