Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Working with Custom Dictionaries
3. Select or deselect any of the check boxes as desired in the When Correcting
Spelling in PowerPoint section:
Check Spelling As You Type. This option is on by default. Turning it off pre-
vents the spell checker from noticing and underlining words in red that it can’t
fi nd in its dictionary. This can cause a small improvement in performance on a
slow computer; you will not notice the difference on a fast computer.
Hide Spelling and Grammar Errors. This option is off by default. Selecting this
check box prevents the red, wavy underline from appearing beneath misspelled
words. It does not prevent the spell checker from checking them; you can right-
click a misspelled word to see suggestions for it, as you normally would.
Check Grammar with Spelling. This option is off by default; when you turn
it on, grammar checking becomes available, both with red wavy underlines for
individual instances and with the Spelling command on the Review tab.
4. Click OK to accept the new settings.
Working with Custom Dictionaries
The main spelling dictionary in PowerPoint is read-only, and so the words you add to the
dictionary have to be stored somewhere else. This is where custom dictionaries come in. A
custom dictionary contains a list of words that should not be fl agged as misspellings. It can
include proper names, acronyms, abbreviations, or any other codes or text strings that you
frequently type.
PowerPoint shares custom dictionaries with the other Ofi ce 2013 applications, so you can use them in PowerPoint or
in one of the other applications.
Specifying the Default Custom Dictionary
As you are spell-checking, you can click Add (in the Spelling task pane) or Add to
Dictionary (from the shortcut menu when you right-click a red wavy-underlined word) to
add the word to the default custom dictionary.
In Offi ce 2013, the default custom dictionary is RoamingCustom.dic , and it’s stored in
C:\Users\ username \AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Office\15.0\89bd0643
\Proofing . You should leave this dictionary as the default in most cases. This dictionary
is shared via SkyDrive or Active Directory with other devices on which you run Offi ce.
In Offi ce 2007 and 2010, the default custom dictionary was Custom.dic , stored in
C:\Users\ username \AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\UProof , and this custom diction-
ary is still available in Offi ce 2013. If you need to share a custom dictionary with Offi ce
2007 or 2010 applications, you should continue to use this dictionary as your default.
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