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Disable, Enable, and Set the Default Custom Dictionary in PowerPoint 2013

Learn how to disable, enable, and set the default custom dictionary in PowerPoint 2013.

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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
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Any custom dictionary that you create within PowerPoint or any other Microsoft Office program is used by all the Office applications installed on your computer. Also, if any changes are made to the list of words within a custom dictionary, it will be reflected within the spell check tools of all Office applications. Each logged-in user has a default custom dictionary called RoamingCUSTOM.dic, and this is stored in a separate folder for each local user:

  • If you are running Windows 8, you can find the default custom dictionary at this location:
    Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\UProof

  • If you are running Windows 7, you can find the default custom dictionary at this location:
    Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\UProof

So, what exactly is a default dictionary? Let's assume you are running a regular spell check, and encounter a word that PowerPoint flags as misspelled. You know that the word is correctly spelled, and you choose the Add option -- any custom spellings that you add are saved to your default dictionary. We have already established in the preceding section that every user has a default custom dictionary called RoamingCUSTOM.dic, but you can change your default custom dictionary to any other if you please -- we will show you how to do that later in this tutorial. There are other aspects of spell checking that you may want to explore: after adding a ready-made 3rd party dictionary or creating a new dictionary, you may want to temporarily disable a custom dictionary, and enable it later.

Follow these steps to learn more about enabling and disabling custom dictionaries -- you will also learn how you can set a default custom dictionary in PowerPoint 2013:

  1. Launch PowerPoint 2013, and choose File | Options, as shown in Figure 1.

    Options within the File menu
    Figure 1: Options within the File menu

  2. This opens the PowerPoint Options dialog box, click the Proofing option within the sidebar to view the interface that you see in Figure 2, below.

    Proofing section of PowerPoint Options dialog box includes the Custom Dictionaries button
    Figure 2: Proofing section of PowerPoint Options dialog box includes the Custom Dictionaries button

  3. Now, click the Custom Dictionaries button (highlighted in red within Figure 2, above). This summons the Custom Dictionaries dialog box (see Figure 3). All the custom dictionaries can be found under Dictionary List within the Custom Dictionaries dialog box. Note that we have four dictionaries available as highlighted in red within Figure 3 -- your number of dictionaries may be different, and that's perfectly OK.

    Custom Dictionaries dialog box
    Figure 3: Custom Dictionaries dialog box

    Tip: You may have just one custom dictionary available -- you can add a ready-made 3rd party dictionary or create a new dictionary to end up with multiple spelling dictionaries.


  4. You can now enable or disable dictionaries to be used for spell checking. To do that, just select or deselect the check-boxes preceding the particular dictionary name, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 4.

    Enable/disable custom dictionaries for spell check
    Figure 4: Enable/disable custom dictionaries for spell check

  5. To change the default custom dictionary, select any custom dictionary within the Dictionary List which you want to be used as the default dictionary, and click the Change Default button (highlighted in red within Figure 5) within the Custom Dictionaries dialog box.

    Change Default button
    Figure 5: Change Default button

  6. This will set the selected dictionary to be the default dictionary. In Figure 6 you can see that MTH-MedApelChek.dic is now set as the default dictionary, which is indicated by the word Default suffixed to it (compare with Figure 5, above).

    Suffixed word Default indicates the default dictionary
    Figure 6: Suffixed word Default indicates the default dictionary

    Note: You should have a sound reason to change your default dictionary -- most of the time, PowerPoint expects CUSTOM.dic to be your default dictionary. Fortunately, you can always change back to the original default dictionary using the steps explained in this tutorial.


  7. Once done, click the OK button within the Custom Dictionaries dialog box to save the changes you made.

  8. Save your presentation often.

See Also:

Disable and Enable Custom Dictionaries in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Disable, Enable, and Set the Default Custom Dictionary in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

 

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