Add New Words Or Edit Current Ones In Your Browser’s Dictionary

The world would be a terrible dark, and exceptionally misunderstood place if there were no spell check to help us sound articulate. Internet  Explorer, Chrome and Firefox all have a built-in spell check feature that underlines misspelled words. If you right-click on a word, you will be given options for what the correct spelling of the word browser thinks you were trying to type. This is super handy but what do you do if you want to add a new word to the browser’s dictionary or remove a word from it?

Adding new words to Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox’s dictionary is super simple and literally the same process. Whenever you want to add a new word to the dictionary in either of the browsers, type it in a text field and right click on it to bring up the context menu with alternative suggestions. At the bottom of the suggestions is an ‘Add to dictionary’ option. Click it and the word will be added.

Removing words from the dictionary is a widely different process for Chrome and Firefox. With Chrome, you can edit the words in its own dictionary and remove ones you might have added but in Firefox, you can only remove words that you’ve added yourself.

For Chrome, open the Settings page from the menu button and click Show Advanced Settings. Under Languages, click Language and input settings. In the Languages window that opens, scroll down and click Custom Spelling Dictionary. Here you can both add new words and delete the ones already added to it.

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With Firefox, the process is slightly complicated. Open your Firefox profile folder and look for a file called persdict.dat. Unless you’ve added custom words to Firefox’d dictionary, this file will not exist. If you don’t see it in the Profile folder then it means you’ve never added a custom word to Firefox for that profile. If, however, you have added words and accidentally added the wrong one, you need to find and edit this file. It has a DAT extension but you can use the notepad to edit it, or just about any other text editor. Open the file and remove or edit an entry, save it, and you’re done. You might have to restart Firefox for the changes to take effect so it’s a good idea to close the browser before you edit this file.

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For Internet Explorer, open C:UsersUsernameAppDataRoamingMicrosoftSpelling/ and find the language folder for whichever language you use. Open it and look for the default.dic file. Open it using a text editor and edit the entries.

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Lily Herman
Lily Herman is a New York-based writer and editor. In recent months, her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, Glamour, Refinery29, Cosmopolitan, TIME, Newsweek, Fast Company, and Mashable. You can check out her website, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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