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Adding or Removing Words

You can add or remove words from InDesign’s user dictionary using the Dictionary dialog box (see Figure 21-2), which you can get to by selecting Dictionary from the Edit menu or by clicking the Add button in the Check Spelling dialog box. If you have a word selected in either your story or the Check Spelling dialog box, it automatically appears in the Word field—or you can just type one in. Then fill out the other settings in the Dictionary dialog box:

  • Choose a language dictionary from the Language popup menu.

  • When you add or remove words in a dictionary, InDesign actually adds the word to one of two lists: the Added Words exception list and the Removed Words exception list. For example, words added in the English (USA) language are stored in the ENG.UDC file. Select either Added Words or Removed Words from the Dictionary List popup menu.

  • To change where the added or removed word is stored, use the Target popup menu. The default is the external user dictionary, but you can select any currently open document instead. The advantage of storing in the document is that this makes the change transportable. The advantage of storing exceptions outside the document is that you can use them with multiple documents.

    Finally, click the Add button to add the word to the exception list.


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