This Experts Exchange video Micro Tutorial shows how to tell Microsoft Office
that a word is NOT
spelled correctly. Microsoft Office has a built-in, main dictionary that is shared by Office apps, including Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word. When an Office module, such as MS Word, gives us the red squiggly underline signifying a misspelled word, yet it really is spelled correctly (such as a proper noun), we're all familiar with how to add it to the custom dictionary, that is, simply right-click the word and select Add to Dictionary
. But suppose we type in a word that does not
get the red squiggly underline, that is, Word thinks it is spelled correctly, yet we do not like that spelling, and we want Word (and other Office apps) to flag it as a misspelling. This video explains a Microsoft supported technique for achieving that.
1. Locate the ExcludeDictionary file
Exit all Office apps.
Using Windows/File Explorer (or whatever file manager you prefer), navigate to this file:
Of course, <username> is your user name (in my video, it is Joe
). The exact name of the file will vary depending on your language and Office version, but it will begin with ExcludeDictionary
and have a LEX
2. Open the ExcludeDictionary file
Using Notepad (or whatever plain text editor you prefer), open the ExcludeDictionary
file, which will be empty the first time you open it. If you do a File>Open
, make sure that All Files
is selected, since it is a LEX