Word closes when I add term to custom dictionary
Thread poster: Andy Wright

Andy Wright
Local time: 06:50
Spanish to English
Oct 28, 2004

I am using Word 2004 on a Mac with OSX Panther. I have updated all my software, scanned for viruses and replaced normal.dot more than once.

Problem: With random frequency, when I add a word to my custom dictionary Word just shuts down. Often, when I restart Word I can add words with no problem, but I always cross my fingers.

Has this ever happened to you?


Natalie  Identity Verified
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Moving the thread Oct 28, 2004

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PAS  Identity Verified
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Size? Oct 29, 2004

If I recall, the size of the custom dictionary is limited to 10 000 words.
Open the custom.dic file and see what is hiding there. Maybe you can delete some words to slim it dow a little.
If you absolutely need all the words (presumably you do), then set up another custom dictionary (call it custom2) and set it as the default, so you will be adding new words to the new dictionary and keep the culprit off to the side. You will still be able to use it, you just won't be adding any more words to it.

Pawel Skalinski
Warsaw, Poland


Andy Wright
Local time: 06:50
Spanish to English
could be... Oct 31, 2004

Well, my dictionary is much smaller than 10,000 words, I'm sure. And another thing that makes me skeptical of your theory is that the problem occurs randomly; sometimes I can add words with no problem. But you have given me some ideas and I am going to do some more trouble shooting. Thank you for your help.


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