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Microsoft KB Archive/107082

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WD: New Custom.dic Is Not Created in the TOOLS-PATH Directory

Article ID: 107082

Article Last Modified on 8/16/2005


  • Microsoft Word 6.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 6.0a
  • Microsoft Word 6.0c
  • Microsoft Word 95 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 95a
  • Microsoft Word 6.0 for Macintosh
  • Microsoft Word 6.01 for Macintosh
  • Microsoft Word 6.01 for Macintosh

This article was previously published under Q107082


When Word automatically creates the Custom.dic file, the file is not created in the location specified by the Tools-Path setting in the Windows Registry (Word 7.0), the Winword6.ini file (Word 6.x for Windows), or the Word Settings 6 file (Word 6.x for the Macintosh).

Instead, Word creates the file in the shared proofing tools directory, usually C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Proof (Windows 95) C:\Windows\Msapps\Proof (Windows 3.1), or the Macintosh HD:Microsoft folder (Macintosh).


To work around this problem, click Options on the Tools menu, select the File Locations tab, and note the location of the "Dictionaries" (Word 6.x- 7.x) file type. After Word creates your Custom.dic file, copy it to this directory.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the versions of Word listed above.

Keywords: kbbug kbproof KB107082