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Creating and Editing a Custom Dictionary in Word 2007

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The dictionary is one of the more helpful features in Word 2007. It will help you make sure you don't misspell words.

But the dictionary does have its downsides. First, if it doesn't recognize a word, it underlines the word in red. Many people find this distracting. Because Word's dictionary isn't complete, it sometimes underlines words that are correct.

To get the most out of Word's dictionary feature, it helps to customize it. You can add words to the dictionary that aren't already there. You can also add proper nouns or technical terminology.

To create a new dictionary, follow these steps:

1. Click the Office button and select Word Options

2. Select the Proofing options

3. Click Custom Dictionaries

4. Click New

5. Enter a name for you dictionary and click Save


Your new dictionary will appear in the dictionary list.

Adding terms to your dictionary is also easy:

6. Highlight your dictionary

7. Click Edit Word List

8. Type a word in the Word box

9. Click Add after you check the spelling of the word

10. Repeat for all the words you'd like to add

11. You can delete a word by highlighting it and clicking Delete

12. When you're done, click OK


Once you've added your terms to the dictionary, click OK on the open dialog boxes. Word will now check the words in your document against your custom dictionary.

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