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Is there a way to access the dictionary file? I want to be able to search it for a specific word or for a specific part of a word, such as ho*, to get all the word that begin with ho like house, home, hot, etc.
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Microsoft Bookshelf Basics is included with Microsoft Office; it is an executable file and should be in the same directory as the executables for the other Microsoft Office programs.  A dictionary is included with this and should suit your needs.
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Jegrade

I must add some more info. First, what I meant by "dictionary" were the files that used by the speller and/or the Thesaurus. Second, I use Windows 3.11 and Word 6. Now, where are those files you mentioned in your answer and how are they named?

Thank you.
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I know of no way to access the speller and thesaurus in Word 6; however, there is a file in the same directory as the executables for Word 6 that will execute a program called Microsoft Bookshelf Basics.
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Only a part answer really.

Locate your custom dictionary file - usually program files/common files/microsoft shared/proof. It is just a simple text file. Open the file and select all. Copy this selection into a blank word document. With this text still highlighted on top menu bar click on table and then on dropdown menu sort text. It will then sort the text by line calling this paragraph. This results in a alphabetically sorted column of text.

I will look for better solutions to include the thesaurus and post these as comments
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