Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007 and 2010. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Expanding a Custom Dictionary.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 8, 2015)
Leonard has received a message that his custom dictionary is full. He wonders if he can expand it or find a way to use the CUSTOM2.DIC file that his copy of Word doesn't seem to recognize.
There's a good chance that the custom dictionary isn't really full; Word sometimes gives this message in error. Word MVP Suzanne Barnhill discusses this error a bit at her website and provides a link to the Micosoft Knowledge Base:
There is no real way to expand a dictionary if it really is full, but you can instruct Word to recognize and use other dictionaries on your system. Follow these steps:
Figure 1. The proofing options of the Word Options dialog box.
Figure 2. The Custom Dictionaries dialog box.
Word will now use the dictionary you specified in step 7 as the dictionary for its spell checking tasks.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (6092) applies to Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Expanding a Custom Dictionary.
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