Setup custom dictionary for Microsoft Word spell check

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I don't believe this is possible but I thought I would give it a shot anyways. I would like to try to create/setup a customized dictionary for Microsoft Word (and replace the main dictionary) for spell checking. Could I just disable the main dictionary in Word? Could someone point me in the right direction at least?

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You could always just add your words to the current dictionary by right-clicking the word when highlighted in the spell check and selecting ADD TO DICTIONARY.  This way you won’t have to maintain or switch back and forth.  Beside I think some other programs that you may be running use the same dictionary like Outlook.

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This is not a good answer. The solution should apply to the billions of people using Word. Imagine billions of people all having to add words based on foolish word list deficiency. The original dictionary should have all 50,000 words. No excused or bandaids need apply!

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  • Subhendu Sen
    Probably you are asking for creation of new custom dictionary. In this case, in MS Word, click File > Options > Proofing. Make sure the 'Suggest from main dictionary only' checkbox is deselected. Now click Custom Dictionaries. In this section, click New. It appears a file name box, where type a suitable name for the custom dictionary. Click Save.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Moreover, if there is a third-party custom installed, but you did not see in the list, here is a good article from Microsoft: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/add-or-edit-words-in-a-spell-check-dictionary-56e5c373-29f8-4d11-baf6-87151725c0dc
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  • ToddN2000
    I believe you can only have one directory active at a time. Do that might mean running the spell check over the the standard and then your custom one. 1 extra step i would not want to do. That is why I add all my custom words to the existing dictionary.
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  • rcayers
    The above solution, answer is not a good one. The solution should apply to the billions of people using Word. Imagine billions of people all having to add words based on foolish word list deficiency. The original dictionary should have all 50,000 words. No excused or bandaids need apply!
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  • ToddN2000
    Adding words to the dictionary is perfectly acceptable. Case in point say you are putting together a medical journal or other specialized article or book. Do you want to have it stop on these obscure words every time you create a new document or tech manual? Another example is authors writing books. Maybe they want to add the character names to the custom dictionary or names of places and locations. Even though these may be made up names you want them to be spelled the same every time. 
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  • ToddN2000
    If you want a real good example of why you may want to add your own words is pick up any Harry Potter book and see how many words in that book won't be in the standard dictionary. Unless you want pages of halts and underlies when proofing the document it's the only way.

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  • rcayers
    a. by now, there should be a user group that provided specialized dictionaries for specific purposes. Instead of millions of users duplicating that same work. Does everyone using Microsoft words program a "Word" program to use it? No. They get it from MS. Same for specialized dictionaries. Why waste time of users by forcing them to make special dictionaries?

    b. There must be a means to enable/disable special purpose dictionaries as the current situation needs in browsers, Word, Excel as needed. 

    c. The spell check dictionaries for browsers are deficient in many common American English words by default, forcing users to add words that should already be included. 

    I was not referring to making some kind of universal dictionary with every possible word used in every possible fiction book, etc. My call if for reasonableness which is generally not included in most internet and software spell check lists.

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