How to Remove Words from the Word 2013 Custom Dictionary

By Dan Gookin

When you choose the Add to Dictionary command in Word 2013, the given word is placed into the custom dictionary. Recognizing that people may change their minds, Word allows you to edit its custom dictionary, to remove words you may have added accidentally.

To remove unwanted words from the custom dictionary, follow these steps:

1Click the Word Options button on the File tab’s menu.

The Word Options window shows up.

2Choose Proofing.

This will appear on the left side of the window.

3Click the button labeled Custom Dictionaries.

The Custom Dictionaries dialog box appears.

4Select the item RoamingCustom.dic (Default).

It’s probably the only item in the list.

5Click the button labeled Edit Word List.

You see a scrolling list of words you’ve added to the custom dictionary.

6Find and select the word you want to remove from the dictionary.

The word is selected by clicking it once.

7Click the Delete button.

This will remove the word.

8Repeat Steps above if you want to remove more words.

This is an optional step.

9Click the OK button when you're done editing the dictionary.

Close any other open windows.