Change the preferred spelling for words with exclusion dictionaries

The following are a few situations where it is useful to be able to force the spelling checker to flag a word as misspelled, even though it is listed in the main dictionary as a correctly spelled word.

  • Obscene or otherwise embarrassing words     While working on a Microsoft Office PowerPoint presentation, you accidentally type pubic instead of public.

  • Style guidelines that you or your department wants to follow     For example, theater is a correctly spelled word, but the style guidelines of your department require the word to be spelled theatre.

How the exclusion dictionary affects the spelling checker

After you add a word to the exclusion dictionary, whenever you check the spelling on a file, the spelling checker:

  • Flags the word whenever you check spelling

  • Does not suggest the word as a correction to a flagged word.

Note: Learn how to use custom dictionaries to add new words to the spelling checker.

Find and modify the exclusion dictionary for a language

Learn how to force spelling checker to flag specific words as misspelled using exclusion dictionaries.

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