Office / Word “Add to Dictionary” is Greyed out”

KB ID 0000046


Can be caused by using a custom dictionary file, which was created in an earlier version of word. (or the custom.dic file is set to “Read Only”).


1. Click the Word “Start Button” > Proofing.
2. Locate the “When Correcting spelling in Microsoft Office programs”.

Word custom dictionary

3. Click Custom dictionaries > Browse > This will show you the location of your custom.dic file.

locate dictionary

4. Use Windows Explorer and navigate to this folder.



Default location.

Vista, Windows 7, windows 8, Windows 10
Windows XP, 2003, 2000
C:Documents and Settings{username)Application DataMicrosoftUProof

5. Open CUSTOM.DIC with notepad > File > save as > Change the encoding to Unicode.

save as unicode

6. Say yes when prompted to overwrite the file.
7. Restart Word.

Note: Also ensure that the custom.dic file has not been set as “Read only”.


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