Spell check is one of the best features of Microsoft Word. It frees us from the worry of typos and the inconvenience of thumbing through the dictionary on a regular basis. But the dictionary does have its downsides. If it doesn’t recognize a word, it underlines it in red. This can be very distracting if you use a lot of words that aren’t in the official Word dictionary. Believe me, when you work at a company called Nexxtep and have the last name Shenton, it happens a lot.
One way to get the red out is to create a “custom dictionary” in Word. You can add words to the dictionary that aren’t already there. You can also add proper nouns or technical terminology. For example, if you work in a medical office and use a lot of technical terms and abbreviations, you can add them to your dictionary.
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
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