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    Main Dictionary (97)

    Is there any way to remove a word from the main dictionary? I have Word 97 set for NZ English which allows the spelling of liase. I know I can add the correct spelling, liaise, to a custom dictionary but how can I remove the incorrect entry of liase?

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    Re: Main Dictionary (97)

    I don't think there is a way to alter the main dictionary. The two ways that Word has to compensate are:
    1. A custom dictionary to add words that aren't in the main dictionary.
    2. An exclusion dictionary to add words that you want Word to question, even though they are in the main dictionary. The exclustion dictionary should be created in the Proof folder, with the same name as the main dictionary, but with the extension ".exc" (no quotes). This will cause Word to mark the word incorrect, as if it wasn't in the main dictionary.
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    Re: Main Dictionary (97)

    You can make a autocorrect entry so every time "liase(space)" is corrected to "liaise"

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    Re: Main Dictionary (97)

    Having trouble implementing this, possibly because I am unsure of the file name of the main dictionary. I am using English (New Zealand) and in the Proof folder I have msgr_en.lex (1634KB), mshy_en.lex (131KB), mssp2_en.lex (249KB), msth_am.lex (654KB), msth_br.lex (346KB), msthbbr.lex (1324KB), msthbus.lex (1319KB) and mswds_en.lex (434KB). Which one should I assume is my main dictionary?

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    Re: Main Dictionary (97)

    Sounds like a good idea but when I enter these in the Replace and With boxes the Add button is grayed out so I can't proceed.

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    Re: Main Dictionary (97)

    The file named mssp2_en.lex is the dictionary (the sp stands for spelling). The files with gr in the name contain grammar rules, those with hy hyphenation rules, those with th are thesauri, and mswds_en.lex is used when searching for "all word forms".

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    Re: Main Dictionary (97)

    Try it without the space. i.e. replace "liase" with "liaise".

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    Re: Main Dictionary (97)

    I have created an exclusion dictionary with 'liase' in it and saved it as mssp2_en.exc. However, if I type 'liase' in a document it still doesn't query it. But I have successfully tried Hans' and Phil's suggestions re autocorrecting and that has solved the immediate problem.

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    Re: Main Dictionary (97)

    That has solved the problem, thanks. Can't understand why the exclusion dictionary doesn't work though. See my reply to Hans.

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    Re: Main Dictionary (97)

    I hadn't tested it, but the exclusion dictionary doesn't work for me either, in the Dutch version of Word 2002. <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>

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    Re: Main Dictionary (97)

    Where did you save the exclusionary dictionary? I seem to recall the knowledge base saying that it must be in the same folder as the main dictionary. However, by trial & error, it only works in the Proof folder for me.

    i.e. in my Win XP Pro, it's at

    Cocuments and SettingsPhilApplication DataMicrosoftProofMSSP3EN.EXC

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    Re: Main Dictionary (97)

    I saved it in C:ProgramFilesCommonFilesMicrosoftSharedProof. I also found the main dictionary file in C:Off97OSMSAppsProof so I saved it there as well. It still doesn't work.

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    Re: Main Dictionary (97)

    I have trouble keeping up with where MS keeps it's files. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> For Office 2000, I believe it's at

    C:Program FilesMicrosoftCommon FilesMicrosoft SharedProof

    But Office 97 was different & I think it was where you've looked. However, if you have Win XP or are on a network, it may be under your application data folder. I would try a search for all "proof" folders. The instructions are at <!mskb=181641>Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 181641<!/mskb>. Remember, you have to close Word & restart it before the words in the exclude dictionary will take effect. By the way, you create the exclude dictionary with Notepad...it's a plain text file.
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    Re: Main Dictionary (97)

    Also remember that when running Windows 2K and XP the each user has the their own "Custom dictionary". This custom file is in "Cocuments and Settings'User'Application DataMicrosoftProof and that is where the exception file may need to be.

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    Re: Main Dictionary (97)

    The exclusion dictionary must be in the same folder as the dictionary it is paired with and have the same name except for the extension ".exc". There are many dictionaries that are installed by word but the one that is is used is determined by the language that is used. In this case "English" is not necessarily English. There are American English, Canadian English, and UK English dictionaries. The file mssp3en.exc is the exclusion dictionary for American English.

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