Scott Hanselman

How to remove words from the Windows Autocorrect Spell Check Dictionary

December 7, '18 Comments [6] Posted in Win10
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Well crap. I was typing really fast and got a squiggly, so I right-clicked on it and rather than selecting the correct word from the autocorrect dictionary, I clicked Add To Dictionary.

I added the MISSPELLED WORD to the Dictionary! Now Windows is suggesting that I spell this word (and others) wrong in all apps.

At this point I also realized that I had no idea how to REMOVE a word from the Windows Spell Check Dictionary. However, I do know that Windows isn't a black box so there must be a dictionary somewhere. It's gotta be a file or a registry key or something, right?

It's even easier than I thought it would be. The Windows 10 custom dictionaries are at %AppData%\Microsoft\Spelling\

The Windows 10 custom dictionaries are at %AppData%\Microsoft\Spelling\

I just opened the default.dic file in Notepad and removed the misspelled word.

Opening default.dic in Notepad

Whew. I can't tell you how many wrong words have found there way in there over the years. Hope this helps you in some small way.


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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Saturday, December 08, 2018 9:10:12 PM UTC
TIL Windows has a built-in spellcheck....
Steve
Monday, December 10, 2018 3:17:13 PM UTC
Wow! Great tip Scott! I opened that up and saw I have all sorts of junk in that file. Great to be able to clean that up.

Thanks!
Bart
Thursday, December 13, 2018 11:37:38 AM UTC
Hi,
just experimented with this by putting in a misspelled word and cannot find it in the default.dic of either UK or US folder!
Now I have mizzspelt in the dictionary!
Any ideas please?
John
Thursday, December 13, 2018 11:55:24 AM UTC
Hi,
re: above - I found that this was in the roaming folder...
John
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 11:30:07 AM UTC
Cant thank you enough for this tutorial! There is one thing that needs to be changed. In Option 2, step 5, this needs to be changed to 'save' instead of 'save as'. Correct?
Justin Jack
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 6:24:25 PM UTC
Wow, I found too much junk in there and also some languages I didn't know I had ever used.

I just deleted all the content from all files.
Carlos Muñoz Rodriguez
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