I have helped someone with their Word (& PowerPoint) for not able to add custom words into Dictionary. When the user selected an word and right click, the option for Add to dictionary is greyed out like below picture.
Fix/Solution: Add a Custom Dictionary and select a language in Proofing options.
- Click File –> Options
- Select Proofing –> Custom Dictionaries
- Select the CUSTOM.DIC and a Language (English (United States) in my case) if not selected. If you don’t see your language, add it.
4. That’s all. Click OK’s to close all dialog boxes. Your problem is fixed. You can now add words into custom dictionary.
22 thoughts on “Office: “Add to dictionary” option greyed out”
still not working after following all steps
Make sure you uncheck RoamingCustom.dic
Yes, unchecking the RoamingCustom.dic is the key to getting it to work!
Yes !! exactly !! its working
Thank you. It worked after I had unchecked Roaming Dictionary. Many thanks.
Worked first go for me.
I’m surprised this actually worked instantly. Thanks!
Worked for me, thank you so much, his has been driving me nuts forever!
Thanks, worked like a charm!
There is no ‘Proofing” on the options listing having clicked on File – Options
Where to from here?
Not having the ‘add to dictionary’ function is very frustrating
Your assistance will be appreciated
Which version of Office software running on your computer?
OS is Windows 7. But what is the Microsoft Office software version? e.g, Office 2016. My blog is to fix Word/Excel/PowerPoint proofing issues.
Sorry to have bothered you – it’s an Outlook 2010 problem
Thank you! I have Outlook 2013 and followed your instructions and the “Add to Dictionary” is not longer greyed out! It worked, thank you
Word for me. Thank you very much!
Thanks Anand for your help!!
Exactly what I needed when the Add to Dictionary was grayed out on my work PC. Thanks!!
Thank you for the quick fix!
Why is this sometimes needed? I have many users with “RoamingCustomDictionary” selected and they have no problem adding to that dictionary. Other users can’t add to their dictionary and have to do this workaround. What causes this, and does this change mean their dictionary won’t roam with their profile?
Very helpful. My user was able to add a word on Dictionary again. Thank you so much! 🙂