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…

 

31 Comments

  1. 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!

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. I have no *.dic files showing in the Dictionaries list. The menu buttons on the right in the Custom Dictionaries box are all greyed out. How do I fix this?

  13. Thanks for your help my custom dictionary was there I enabled this unchecked the other one and it now works.

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