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Cannot Select Language or Dictionary from List

PSS ID Number: Q101757 Article last modified on 11-03-1994

====================================================================== 6.00 MS-DOS kbother

The information in this article applies to:
- Microsoft Word for MS-DOS, version 6.0


You cannot select a language in the Format Language dialog box or a dictionary in the Main Dictionary dialog box if a subdirectory of the directory where the dictionary file is located has the same name as the language or dictionary you try to select. Instead of selecting the language or dictionary, Word for MS-DOS changes to the subdirectory with the same name.

For example, if the legal dictionary file SPELL-LG.LEX is located in your Word program directory and this directory contains a subdirectory named LEGAL (such as C:), you cannot select Legal even though it appears in both of the following dialog boxes:

  • Format Language dialog box, in the Mark Selected Text As list.
  • Main Dictionary dialog box, in the Language list. (To open the Main Dictionary dialog box, choose Customize from the Tools menu, choose the Spell Options button, and then choose the Main Dictionary button.)

When you try to select Legal in these dialog boxes, Word changes to the LEGAL subdirectory instead.


We are researching this problem and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.


  • Place your dictionaries in a directory that does not have a subdirectory named the same as the language you want to select.


  • Rename the subdirectory.


“Using Microsoft Word,” version 6.0, pages 564-568

KBCategory: kbother KBSubcategory: Additional reference words: 6.00 ====================================================================== ============================================================================= Copyright Microsoft Corporation 1994.