Add A Word To The Dictionary In Word 2013

Word 2013 comes with its own dictionary, with which it checks your spelling. However, that dictionary does not contain every single word in use by English speaking folk, and may soon become an annoyance when highlighting words you know to be valid.

Just as language is a continuously evolving animal, so too is the Word dictionary. If you use a word that Word 2013 thinks is wrong, you will see the dreaded wavy red squiggle beneath it, added in typical critical schoolteacher style. You can tell Word that it is a real word by adding it to the Word dictionary. You can do this even if the word is utterly made up, too. Think of street slang, or words invented for children’s books.

To add a word to the Word 2013 dictionary, right click on it and select Add to Dictionary.

Add To Dictionary

From this time forwards, Microsoft Word will finally understand what you mean and accept that word as being valid.

But it’s not over yet. You can view the additional words you have supplied to the Word dictionary by clicking the File tab > Options > Proofing and then click the Custom Dictionaries button (about halfway down).

 

Custom Dictionaries In Word 2013

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There are two entries in our list, and the roaming custom dictionary is the one we want. Select that and then click Edit Word List.

Roaming Custom Dictionary

The next window that opens displays all the new words you have added to the dictionary.

Word List In Word 2013

The input box at the top allows you to search for a particular word in the list. Once you’ve found it, you can select it and then delete it, if you no longer require it. Alternatively, you can type a word into that input box and then click the Add button to add it to the dictionary. You don’t need to wait until you use it in your document and then right click on it like we saw before. This is handy if you have a few words you know you want to add to the dictionary.

You can also delete all additional word with the Delete all button. Note that this deletes all the words that have been added by you to the base dictionary, not all the words in the dictionary.