are used when checking any document for spelling errors. Custom
dictionaries are enhanced dictionaries that contain words applicable
to particular industries or pursuits, unique words, or custom
does not provide a way to import Microsoft Office’s custom
dictionaries. However, a macro has been developed to import Office’s
custom dictionaries into OpenOffice.org. A link to download the file
is at https://ooomacros.org/user.php#114694.
import Microsoft Office’s custom dictionaries, follow the steps
below. (Details are given in the following sections.)
a new dictionary in OpenOffice.org (optional).
the file that contains the macro.
Microsoft Word, locate where the custom dictionaries are stored.
the dictionary into OpenOffice.org.
a new dictionary in OpenOffice.org
step is optional. You can add the words to an existing custom
dictionary in OOo.
> Options > Language Settings > Writing Aids > New.
Dictionary dialog (Figure 1):
Give the dictionary a name.
a language for the dictionary if you want to limit it to that
language, or leave it at [All].
save your choice and return to the Writing Aids page.
OK to close the Options
the file that contains the macro
a web browser start at https://ooomacros.org/user.php#114694
and click on the link for Download Dictionary Import/Export .
should display a SourceForge page. Click
on the latest link for this file.
a mirror close to you to increase the file transfer speed.
browser should display a Save File dialog. Fill in the dialog.
Remember where you save the file.
the file that you saved in the previous step. You should now have a
file named ImportExportDictionary1-1.sxw (or a similar name).
Microsoft Word, locate where the custom dictionaries are stored
Word, choose Tools > Options > Spelling & Grammar
> Custom Dictionaries
button. Look for the
name of the custom dictionary you want to transfer. The default name
typical location is: C:\Windows\Application
Data\Microsoft\Proof\CUSTOM.DIC but in shared systems it may be
C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Application
Data\Microsoft\Proof\CUSTOM.DIC. A partial path is shown at the
bottom of the Custom Dictionaries dialog in Word.
can use Windows Explorer to find the file. For CUSTOM.DIC you may
need to include hidden and system files in your search in later
versions of Windows.
the dictionary into OpenOffice.org
the file in OpenOffice.org that contains the import/export macro
downloaded in step 2 above.
confirmation dialog about running macros may be displayed. If it is,
click Enable Macros.
the Run Macro
button (towards the top of the document).
the Import & Export Dictionary dialog (Figure 2), in the Text
file field, either type in the location of the custom dictionary to
be imported or click on the ...
button, navigate to the custom dictionary, select it and click Open.
from the dropdown list the OOo dictionary to which you want to add
the words; this may be the one that you created earlier.
dialogs will be displayed, one after the other. The first dialog
says how many words are in the OOo dictionary to which you are
adding the words (if you have just created the OOo dictionary, this
number is probably 0) and the second how many words the OOo
dictionary holds after the import. Click OK
to close each of these dialogs.
in the Import & Export Dictionary dialog.
the Import/Export Text File document and the job is done.
check that the OOo custom dictionary contains the words from the Word
custom dictionary, go to Tools
> Options > Language Settings > Writing Aids,
select the dictionary to which you added the words, and click Edit.
The list of words is displayed in the Edit Custom Dictionary dialog.