Transfer Word Custom Dictionary To New Computer

Dear Computer Lady,

I am a medical transcriptionist who over the past 5 years has added medical words to my spell check on Windows XP. For example, when the computer highlights an incorrect spelling, I look the word up, type it in correctly and then add it to the dictionary. Is there any way that I can copy my dictionary from one computer to another?

Any info you may have would be great, thanks, Michelle


Dear Michelle,

Your custom dictionary is a file that is usually located in your user folder. You can copy the file, and then replace it on your new computer.

First, you need to locate your custom dictionary file.

Since you say you have been using Windows XP for the past 5 years, I am going to assume that you are also using Microsoft Office XP.

1. Open Word. 2. In the menu bar, click on “Tools and then “Options”. 3. In the Options window, click on the “Spelling & Grammar” tab. 4. On the Spelling & Grammar page, click on the “Custom Dictionaries. ..” button. 5. In the Custom Dictionaries dialog box, you will see the name of your custom dictionary (usually custom.dic) and at the bottom, you will see the Full Path. Make a note of the name of the dictionary, and the path. 6. Close Word, and open “My Computer”. 7. Double click on your “C” drive. 8. Double click on “Documents and Settings” 9. Double click on your user name. 10. Double click on the “Application Data” folder. (If you can’t see the folder, click on “Tools” in the menu bar, then click “Folder Options”, and click on the “View” tab. Click “Show Hidden files and folders”, then click “OK” You should now be able to see your Application Data folder.) 11. Continue to follow the path that you copied to get to the custom. dic file. 12. Drag the custom.dic file to a disk so that you can transfer it to the same location on your new computer.


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