Custom Dictionary Is Not Available Word 2016

Had a customer who was having an issue adding a custom dictionary to the Microsoft Word. I found the following article that walked me through what to do.

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Add-or-edit-words-in-a-spell-check-dictionary-56e5c373-29f8-4d11-baf6-87151725c0dc#__toc306779609

Start by clicking File > Options > Proofing.

Add the custom dictionary.

We unchecked the RoamingCustom.dic. Clicked “Add”, and gave this new dictionary a name. Word asked if we were sure we wanted to add this new one. We clicked okay, and everything was working again.

I hope this helps someone else out there…

 

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25 Responses to Custom Dictionary Is Not Available Word 2016

  1. Chris says:

    I had to choose New rather than Add. Other than that, it works for me. Thanks.

  2. Rachael says:

    For my issue, the CUSTOM.DIC was already there, and enabled. I disabled the roaming dictionary, and then re-enabled it, and now it works! Thanks so much!

  3. Erik says:

    Thank you! Simply unchecked and rechecked RoamingCustom.dic. and it worked

  4. Coco says:

    Thank you to Grimey, Rachael and Erik. It worked.

  5. superB says:

    I selected CUSTOM.DIC and then clicked on “Change Default” button. It solved the problem for me. Thank you.

  6. Gary Heane says:

    Similar to all above comments & Word is working as before. Many thanks to all.

  7. MARY says:

    Thank you everyone, deselecting Roaming then selecting again worked for me too. Love the easy fixes!

  8. Chuck says:

    I selected CUSTOM.dic, clicked Edit, and found that it was empty. I added a couple of pronouns like my last name, company name, etc. Once I saved it, everything started working correctly.

  9. Bill says:

    I also just unchecked and rechecked RoamingCustom.dic. and it worked

    Thank you.

  10. Tom says:

    I unchecked RoamingCustom.dic and got a warning that this would eliminate the dictionary for all Office apps. So I didn’t proceed. Instead I unchecked Custom, saved, and then checked it again. Custom Dictionary is now “found” when I add an item from within a Word doc.

  11. gary cook says:

    Many thanks………………..worked – much better than contacting Microsoft!!!!!

  12. Andsch says:

    Yay!!!! THANKS! Quick & easy. Worked for me.

  13. Jeanne K Phillips says:

    YES – IT WORKED!
    Wish I would’ve found this prior to fussing with the problem for what seemed like several hours!
    I truly thank you!

  14. Valerie Latham says:

    IT WORKS!! I have added many medical words that I use every day and was disappointed that my dictionary was not working. Unchecking the roaming dictionary was a little unnerving, but I followed the advice here–rechecking it again solved all the problems! Thank-you

  15. Mark says:

    Excellent

  16. Heff says:

    Thank you!
    The halfwits at M$ wanted me to click on a non-existing Menu.

  17. Mauricio says:

    I did what Rachael wrote and now is working!

    Rachael says: June 9, 2017 at 4:41 pm
    For my issue, the CUSTOM.DIC was already there, and enabled. I disabled the roaming dictionary, and then re-enabled it, and now it works! Thanks so much!

  18. KD says:

    Echo Above: For my issue, the CUSTOM.DIC was already there, and enabled. I disabled the roaming dictionary, and then re-enabled it, and now it works! Thanks so much!

  19. MJ says:

    diddo… custom was already there… made it default instead of roaming. fixed issue. annoying that there isn’t a MS article about this as it happens often.

  20. PFN says:

    The original post is a a bit vague – unchecked RoamingCustom.dic then clicked “Add” to give the new one a name – so you had three entries in that box? Did you re-check RoamingCustom.dic?
    Anyway I tried all combinations of above and still didn’t work.

  21. Grimey says:

    I did not check “RoamingCustom.dic”. Sorry to say I don’t remember if we ended up with 3 dictionaries.

  22. Mike says:

    For me simply unchecking then re-selecting the roaming dictionary did the trick

  23. Denise says:

    Thanks for a solution to this annoying issue!

  24. Mike says:

    I just changed the default o custom.dic and that fixed it for me, thanks.

  25. Chris says:

    I also followed Rachael’s procedure after getting the warning that removing the Roaming dictionary would affect other Office Apps.
    The custom dictionary is now working. Thanks for your help
    Rachael says: June 9, 2017 at 4:41 pm
    For my issue, the CUSTOM.DIC was already there, and enabled. I disabled the roaming dictionary, and then re-enabled it, and now it works! Thanks so much!

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