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Mac Works: Excel Custom Dictionary Overwrites Custom Dictionary

PSS ID Number: Q102824 Article last modified on 10-22-1998



====================================================================== 3.00 MACINTOSH KBOTHER

The information in this article applies to:
- Microsoft Works for the Macintosh, version 3.0


The Microsoft Works custom dictionary disappears when Microsoft Excel 4.0 is installed on a Macintosh already running Works. This behavior occurs because Works and Excel place their custom dictionaries in the same location:

System Folder:Extensions:Microsoft:Spelling

This is only a problem if the Works custom dictionary’s creation date is earlier than April 28, 1992. Dictionaries with later creation dates do not exhibit this problem.


  1. Before installing Excel, move the Works custom dictionary file out of the Spelling folder.
  2. Install Excel.
  3. Return the Works custom dictionary to the Spelling folder after the installation of Excel is complete.

KBCategory: KBOTHER KBSubcategory: macworkskb

Additional reference words: 3.00 mac mwkswp mwksprb M_eXcel

Version : 3.0 Platform : MACINTOSH Issue type : kbprb ============================================================================= Copyright Microsoft Corporation 1998.