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4. Editing Power Tools > 34. Create a Dictionary Exclusion List

Create a Dictionary Exclusion List

You can’t remove words from any of Word’s built-in dictionaries, but you can create a list of words that the Spelling and Grammar check will always flag.

An exclusion list contains words you want the Spelling and Grammar check to find, regardless of their spelling or usage, as if they’d been excluded from the Dictionary. For example, say you decide to write a book on Microsoft Word and add “word” to your exclusion list. After you complete each chapter, you can then run the Spelling and Grammar check to make sure you didn’t mix up “Word” and “word” somewhere along the way.

To create an exclusion list, make a list of words to exclude (in the sense that they will be flagged, rather than passed over as correct) using a standard text editor such as Notepad and save the file in your Proof directory (C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Microsoft\Proof). The exclusion list must use the same name as the dictionary you use. For example, Word uses the dictionary named Mssp3en.lex for U.S. English. If you’re using this dictionary, you must name the exclusion list Mssp3en.exc. (Note that the file uses the .exc extension.) The list will take effect the next time you start Word.


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