Sharing Custom Dictionaries in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to share custom dictionaries in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
Each logged-in user has a default custom dictionary called RoamingCustom.dic --
in addition you can
create and use
many more custom dictionaries. Over time, your custom dictionaries may become a very useful resource,
especially since any custom dictionary loaded is used by all the Office applications such as Word, Excel,
PowerPoint, and Outlook. Let us assume that you have added several words to the custom dictionaries over the
last 4 or 5 years, and now you need to move to a new computer. Or probably you have a colleague who is going
to help you with some documentation, and you obviously want him or her to use your custom dictionary. To
share the actual dictionary files (.dic), you first need to find out where they are stored on your computer.
The RoamingCustom.dic is typically stored in a separate folder for each local user / signed-in Microsoft account:
- If you are running Windows 8 or 7 , you can find the custom dictionaries within:
We already know the path of your RoamingCustom.dic file, as already mentioned above -- unlike RoamingCustom.dic, other custom dictionaries could be stored anywhere else on your system! Therefore, it is a good idea to find out the path where your custom dictionary is located -- this process will enable you to find out the location of any other dictionary which is loaded within PowerPoint 2013:
- Launch PowerPoint 2013 if it is not already open, and choose File |
Options, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Options within the File menu
- 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.
Figure 2: Proofing section of PowerPoint Options dialog box includes the Custom Dictionaries button
- Now, click the Custom Dictionaries button (highlighted in
red within Figure 2, above). This summons the
Custom Dictionaries dialog box (see Figure 3). Select any of the
dictionaries under the Dictionary List. You will notice the File path box which displays the selected dictionary's location (highlighted in red within
Figure 3: File path displaying the selected dictionary’s location
- Now, select the location in the File path box (highlighted in
red within Figure 3, above) and right-click the selection. From
the resultant menu, select the Copy option, as shown highlighted in
red within Figure 4.
Figure 4: Location of the custom dictionary copied
- Open Windows Explorer and paste (Ctrl+V) the copied
location within the Address Bar (highlighted in
red within Figure 5). And click the
Go to button (highlighted in blue within
Figure 5) or press the Enter key on the keyboard.
Figure 5: Copied location pasted within the Address Bar
- This will open the folder where the custom dictionary is stored, as shown in Figure 6.
Figure 6: Custom dictionary location accessed
- Now, select the dictionary file you want to copy. Thereafter, you can easily copy this file to a thumb
drive, or external hard disk, or even send the dictionary file (.dic) via email. Once the dictionary file is
thus shared, it can be easily loaded onto another system using the process explained in our
Dictionaries in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
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