Disabled "Add to Dictionary" feature
Thread poster: Silvia Goldstein

Silvia Goldstein  Identity Verified

Local time: 00:49
English to Spanish
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Sep 2, 2010

Good morning,
After I erased an accidentaly inserted word in my custom dictionary, the "Add to Dictionary" feature (right mouse click on red underlined word in the target segment) is grayed out!

I cannot figure out what happened. Could someone please help?


Walter Blaser  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:49
French to German
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Which spellchecker are your referring to? Sep 3, 2010

You do not specify which application you refer to. Do you mean Word's spellchecker or the inbuilt spellchecker of Studio 2009.

In both cases, you probably don't have any user dictionary file for that language, so check whether the user dictionary exists.



Miloš Stojadinović  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:49
Member (2011)
Serbian to English
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The same problem Feb 9, 2011

I have the same problem with the inbuilt Trados 2009 spellchecker. I also use several customized dictionaries for Serbian language.

Can anyone help?


Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:49
Member (2003)
Polish to German
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For Studio: check the settings of Custom Dicitionaries Feb 9, 2011

Maybe the connection there is broken or something different happened.
You can also add another custom dictionary, maybe the previous one is full (happens in Word).
Go to Tools - Options - Editor - Spelling


Svetlana Bakunova  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 01:49
Member (2011)
English to Russian
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Set CUSTOM.dic to default Dec 19, 2011

This is an old thread, but to anyone still experiencing this problem, my daughter found this workaround:

Go into Tools>Options... and click on "Custom Dictionaries..."

A Custom Dictionaries window should pop up. You would probably have only one dictionary in the list, CUSTOM.dic

Click on it, and click on Change Default. That should set that dictionary to be the default, and you can add words to it again.


Daisy Waites  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 06:49
Member (2014)
German to English
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Svetlana's workaround worked for me Jan 25, 2017

I had the same issue: I had tried to make some changes to the custom dictionary, and afterwards the Add to Dictionary button was greyed out. I've followed the instructions in Svetlana's workaround, and it seems to be working again. Thanks for sharing the tip!


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