Update Outlook 2010 Dictionary

Updating the Outlook 2010 Dictionary

Outlook 2010’s spelling checker can come in very handy when sending messages, as well as for notes in contacts or tasks. Adding unusual words that you typically use can make the dictionary even more useful, as that prevents Outlook from flagging them as being misspelled. However, it is possible that the dictionary will contain words you don’t want it to, either because they are there by default or because you accidentally added them.

In either case, it can be helpful to be able to edit the dictionary Outlook uses when checking your spelling. And it is possible. There are quite a few steps involved, but they all have to do with digging down into Outlook far enough to get to where you can make your edits. There’s nothing difficult or tricky involved.

How to Update the Outlook 2010 Dictionary

If you would like to edit the Outlook 2010 dictionary, here are the instructions you need to follow:

  1. Click the File tab. The Outlook Backstage window appears.
  2. Click Options in the menu on the left side of the window. This opens the Outlook Options dialog box.
  3. Click Mail in the menu on the left side of the dialog box. The Mail settings appear.
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  5. Click the Spelling and Autocorrect button. This opens the Editor Options dialog box.
  6. Click Proofing in the menu on the left side of the dialog box. The Proofing Options appear.
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  8. Click the Custom Dictionaries button. This opens the Custom Dictionaries dialog box.
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  10. Select the default custom dictionary in the Dictionary List.
  11. Click the Edit Word List button. This opens a new dialog box containing all the words in that dictionary.
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  13. To delete a word from the dictionary, select it in the Dictionary list, then click the Delete button.
  14. To add a word or phrase to the dictionary, type it into the Words list then click the Add button.
  15. Once you are done adding and deleting words, click OK until you get back to the main Outlook window.

From here you can:

Go to the Outlook 2010 Tips for Mail and Contacts page.

Go to the General Outlook 2010 Tips page.

Go to the main Outlook 2010 Tips page.

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