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    Exclusion Dictionaries

    Hi everyone,
    I've been a longtime subscriber to Woody's Watch, but never needed to inquire until now. Here's my question: In MS Word 97, when typing the letter e or another other letter independently, the Spell Check does NOT flag it as a misspelling. In the cases of "a" or "I" it does not matter because of the context in which these characters are used, but to my knowledge, the letters e, f, g, h... are not words in the English language and should therefore me corrected. In short, if I attempt to type the sentence "To be or not to be" but instead type "To e or not to e", Word shows no misspellings. I consulted the Word 97 book and the Spelling/Grammer setting and concluded that this had to be a part of the main Word dictionary (MSSP2_EN.LEX). So what I did was to create an exception/exclusion dictionary - giving it the same name w/an .EXC extension. It also resides in the same folder. It didn't work. Any thoughts? <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

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    Re: Exclusion Dictionaries

    According to an article for Word 2000, WD2000: Words in the Exclude Dictionary Are Not Flagged As Misspelled, single letters in an Exclude Dictionary will not be flagged. The linked article explains as follows: "Word does not flag a single letter, because it is considered an intentional action (for example, a heading of an index section)." (See WD2000: Spelling and Grammar Checkers Do Not Flag Single Letters.)

    I assume that Word 97 worked the same way, so it appears that it cannot be fixed. However, you conceivably could write a macro to comb the document for single letters not followed by a period (other than I and a) so you could possibly fix them. But that would be an extra step... Unless the problem arises frequently, a good proofreading by a real human might be the best solution.

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    Re: Exclusion Dictionaries

    You could do a wildcard search on your document.
    1. Press Ctrl+F to bring up the find box.
    2. Click More & tick Use wildcards.
    3. Find:
    [a-z]{1,}

    If you wanted only vowels, you'd use:
    [aeiou]{1,}

    You can now make manual corrections.
    Hope this helps.

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