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I purchased and installed a rather large (4.5 Mb) dictionary file for MS Office. Now I keep getting a message that says the dictionary file is too big, and that I should divide it in half. Question: How small is the dictionary file supposed to be? and, How do I divide such a file in half (or quarters if need be)?
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How much ram do you have?
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Also what spare space to you have on the hard drive?
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To "the Whelk", I have a total of 48Mb RAM soon to be upgraded to 128Mb. As to space, I have 448Mb on the C drive with an additional 2 GB on other drives.
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To all: Dividing the file is probably an easy enough task, but I'm brand new to this program and have no experiance in word processors of any kind. I couldn't find the answer in the help file. Appreciate any assistance.
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I believe I have two possible answers for you. I am trying them at this moment and if they work will be straigth back.
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I am still trying to find a way to handle your dictionary file in one piece. However this solution will work in the mean time.

Assumimg that the max file size is approx 1mb we need to split your dictionary file in quarters. As it is a dictionary file I also assume that it is some kind of plain text file. Open the file in Word ( as you have Office). The number of pages of text will show on bottom. Select the text down to the first 1/4 of file and cut and paste this into a new file. Do a save as of this new file as a .txt file. Such as dic1.txt Repeat this for the next three portitions. So we now have dic1.txt dic2.txt dic3.txt dic4.txt.

Now to make this available for Word - open Word use dropdown menus tools/options/spellings. Click on Custom dictionaries and then add. Select the location your first file (dic1) is in and then select the file. Repeat this for the other three files.

Your dictionary is now available all be it split in 4.
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Thank you "the_whelk" for your answer. I was wondering though: My dictionary file IS a text file with one column of words on the left of the screen going straight down for 4.5Mb! Thats an enormous number of pages. How do I select the first quarter of the file without spending hours dragging the cursor down thousands of pages?
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Thanks for the points. two things for you. It is still abit of a chore but you don't need to scroll through all the pages selecting them. Try this - click to insert your mouse cursor at the start of the text you want to copy . Now press F8. You will note that a greyed out button (EXT) on the bottom toolbar becomes live. On the side scroll bar drag the slide down to the page required - page numbers come up as you drag through them. When you get to the point you want insert your mouse cursor again. Immediately the text is selected and you can cut/copy and paste as required.

Yet another solution you can download a shareware file splitting software that makes the task fairly automatic from:-

ftp://wuarchive.wustl.edu/systems/16mpc/win95/dskutil/wsplitsi.zip 

If you have problems with this site let me know and I will find another one for you.

the_whelk@hotmail.com
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I very much appreciate your help. Thanx! :-)
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any time.
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