I have unintentionally deleted my custom dictionary

March 18, 2017 at 18:48:41
Specs: Windows 10, 8 GB
My custom dictionary seems to be gone. I wanted to add a new dictionary so I unintentionally deleted my custom dictionary. Now without any custom dictionary, the whole custom dictionary dialogue box is disabled. All the boxes on the right side are grayed out and there is nothing under the Dictionaries List other than a blue bar with no text in it. That's where the old Custom Dictionary text used to be but now there's nothing. HELP!

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#1
March 19, 2017 at 04:28:54
I assume you mean in Office. You will need to let us know what Office package you're using - there are many, all different.

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#2
March 19, 2017 at 06:32:59
You might not have lost it, you may have somehow changed the default. Open WORD, click Options > Proofing > Custom Dictionaries. Is there more than one listed? What is the default? If it's "roaming", try changing it to custom.dic.

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#3
March 19, 2017 at 08:49:46
Derek - It is Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016.

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#4
March 19, 2017 at 08:50:36
That's the problem. When I open word and choose options, Proofing, custom dictionaries, there's nothing listed. It's blank. None of the options to the right like add, delete, etc. work. They are grayed out.

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#5
March 19, 2017 at 09:05:33
First restart the computer then open Word just to make sure the fault hasn't fixed itself (unlikely).

The repair is an option:
https://support.office.com/en-gb/ar...

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#6
March 19, 2017 at 09:10:34
Thanks, Derek, but it hasn't fixed itself. I shut everything down last night and I'm still having the issue this morning. I just checked.

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#7
March 19, 2017 at 10:27:04
Check to see if you still have the CUSTOM.DIC file. Look in: C:\Users\<your user name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\UProof

If the AppData folder isn't visible, go to Control Panel (small icons) > Folder Options, click on the View tab, select the button for "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" & also uncheck the box next to "Hide extensions for known file types", then click Apply.

EDIT: the above explanation is for Win7, I just noticed you have Win10

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#8
March 19, 2017 at 12:21:13
Did you spot the repair in #5? If all else fails it might be worth a shot.

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March 19, 2017 at 14:27:19
Derek - I found these files in UProof folder: CMAdj.9.bin, CUSTOM, CUSTOMcopy.dic and then there's one with the Microsoft logo in front of it called ExcludeDictionaryEN0409.

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#10
March 19, 2017 at 14:27:42
Yes, I tried the fix in #5. Didn't work.

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#11
March 19, 2017 at 16:40:47
Compare the sizes & dates for CUSTOM & CUSTOMcopy.dic. Assuming they're roughly the same, right click on the newer of the two, click Copy, then Paste back into the same folder. Rename the copy as CUSTOM.DIC, then check the Custom Dictionaries settings in Word to see if it's there.

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#12
March 19, 2017 at 16:59:15
Derek - Did all as you instructed but it's still not showing up in Word. Still blank in dialogue box under Dictionary List when I choose Options. Proofing, Custom Dictionary.

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March 19, 2017 at 17:09:35
Deb25

Err...I think you meant riider not me. No matter he's bound to spot it.

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March 19, 2017 at 17:27:10
Oops, sorry. Yes, I meant riider.

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March 19, 2017 at 17:27:26
Riider: Did all as you instructed but it's still not showing up in Word. Still blank in dialogue box under Dictionary List when I choose Options. Proofing, Custom Dictionary.

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