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Error Message: The Custom Dictionary Is Not Available


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Word for Windows, versions 2.0, 2.0a, 2.0a-CD, 2.0b, 2.0c, 6.0, 6.0a, 6.0c


This article describes three possible causes for the following error message in Word for Windows:

The Custom dictionary is not available.

This error message can occur for the following reasons. (The first two are documented in online Help, but the third is undocumented.)

  • The custom dictionary file is not in text file format.
  • Another application is using the custom dictionary file.

NOTE: For more information about the above two causes, search for "error messages" using the Help menu.

  • The custom dictionary file may be damaged.


If your custom dictionary file is damaged, you may need to re-create it using the following steps:

  1. Choose the New button on the Standard toolbar (on the toolbar in Word 2.0) to create a new document.
  2. From the Insert menu, choose File.
  3. Select the custom dictionary file, located in the <Windows>\MSAPPS\PROOF subdirectory (where <Windows> is the name of your Windows directory), and then choose OK.

NOTE: Custom dictionary files have a .DIC filename extension.

  1. If prompted, convert the file from Text Only.
  2. From the File menu, choose Save.
  3. Type a filename, with a .DIC extension.
  4. In the Save File As Type box, select Text Only and then choose OK.
  5. Close the file.

Your re-created custom dictionary file is now ready to use.

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Last Reviewed: November 4, 2000
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