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    Symbols in dictionaries (Word 2003)

    <img src=/S/question.gif border=0 alt=question width=15 height=15> Yet another question about the Word custom dictionaries. The dictionaries are text files, which means that symbols from Word's symbol box such as the Greek mu can't be included. Because of the kind of work I do, I often have words or acronyms that include a symbol, such as a chemical compound or the abbreviation for micrograms ([Greek mu]g). Is there a way to incoporate symbols in a custom dictionary so that Word will recognize words/acronyms that include them? Thanks.

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    Re: Symbols in dictionaries (Word 2003)

    Unfortunately, Word tends not to recognize such symbols as part of a word and instead spell-checks around it. If that is what you are seeing, I think you might be stuck as far as the dictionary goes. But here's an alternative: select your text/symbol string and apply the No Proofing attribute (Tools>Language>Set Language, do not check spelling or grammar). Then you can save it as a formatted AutoCorrect entry (or, presumably, AutoText) for future insertion. With the slight danger that the No Proofing will spread throughout the document causing embarrassing typos, this at least works around the problem in a way that offers added convenience. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Symbols in dictionaries (Word 2003)

    <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> I was afraid that might be the case. <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15> And while I appreciate your suggestion, it won't work for me. So far, the best solution has been to right-click on it the first time I come to it and select Ignore All.

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