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Old Feb 27, 2013, 09:57 AM   #26
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Make sure that your dictionary is set to where you are, not just English. I live in the US but somehow it got changed to Australian english and therefore I could not add words. Double check that before anything else!
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Old Mar 27, 2013, 11:12 AM   #27
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re: Cannot use "Add" in Microsoft Word

Hi all,

I think I took one suggestion from all of the links above ... many of them did not work for me. The "Add" Function did not work for me for over a year or two.

Changing my language to default English (US) did not change it.
Neither did unchecking "check spelling as you type" under word > preferences > spelling and grammar.

I deleted my whole MS Office Suite twice to no avail of "Add" coming back.

What I ended up doing was deleting "custom dictionary" by going into preferences>spelling and grammar>dictionaries>remove "custom dictionary">click "NEW" (create a new custom dictionary not saved as "custom dictionary" b/c that will not work. Do not re-add the custom dictionary from your system prior.

I renamed my "NEW" custom dictionary "Custom Dictionary 2013" and now I can use ADD.
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Old Jul 2, 2013, 10:46 PM   #28
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Use a different custom dictionary language

Originally Posted by shelleyfrank View Post
Here's what I found: The Custom Dictionary needs to be checked as English(US) for the add option to work. I'm not sure why but I think it is because the native mac dictionary is US English by default. ...<snip>
For me, it worked in the opposite. I had my default US English as my custom dictionary's language and I couldn't add new words (even after deleting all existing words in my custom dictionary, incase it was full). So as per the suggestion above, I changed my custom dictionary to Australian English and then it worked - the add button became active and I could add new words again. Hope it helps.
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