Solved how to restore deleted custom dictionary?

August 8, 2017 at 13:14:31
Specs: Windows 10
I am using Word 2016 and inadvertently removed my Custom Dictionary. How could I restore it, preferably with the many non-English names and words that I loaded into it? Or is it irretrievable?

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August 8, 2017 at 19:58:42
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August 9, 2017 at 02:17:43
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Thanks DerbyDad03.
I used the Microsoft Office Smart lookup and entered my question, and it came up with an article entitled Restoring your Microsoft Office Custom Dictionary on a PC. It mentioned searching the WSU Technology Knowledge Base, but also gave a step-by-step remedy for the problem. It is basically a question of un-hiding hidden files, which I had done a long time ago anyway for some other purpose, and when I followed the article and clicked on the Proofing option in Word and then clicked on Custom Dictionaries, there were the Custom and Roaming dictionaries plain to see; all I had to do was tick the boxes next to them and I was back in business, with the dictionaries and their contents intact.

Evidently Microsoft had put the solution in place in response to others experiencing the same issue, and made it easy for an old duffer like me to solve the problem. I think the lesson to be learned is to use the Smart lookup function first before trying anything else.

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