In Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Entourage, or PowerPoint, when you do a spell check, you have the option to add a word to the custom dictionary.
This is helpful, for instance, if your name is odd, like “Davin.” To stop my name from always appearing when I run a spellcheck, I just clicked the “Add” button in the spelling checker dialogue box to add it to the custom spelling dictionary.
So, adding words is easy. A question from a PowerPoint class today was, “How do I remove words from the spelling dictionary?” In this particular case, someone added a misspelled word and wanted to get it out.
Well, here’s how.
On Windows, go to Start » Search and type in CUSTOM.DIC. Make sure that you are looking for hidden files as well.
When it comes up, open the file in a text editor like Notepad. You’ll see a list of words that are considered okay. To remove one, simply delete that line of the text file and save the file.
On Mac OS 10.x, use Spotlight (the built-in search tool) to look for “Custom Dictionary”. The file will most like be in /Users/yourname/Library/Preferences/Microsoft/
Open that file in a text editing program (BBEdit or TextWrangler are nice. You can probably also use TextEdit.) Again, delete the offending lines and save the file.