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"The custom dictionary is full. The word was not added" error message in Word 2000
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When you try to add a word to the custom dictionary using the spelling checker, the following error message may appear:
Note Microsoft Office 2000 has built-in functionality that allows you to get more information about difficult-to-troubleshoot alerts or error messages. If you want to enable this functionality for this and other error messages in Microsoft Office 2000, please download the Microsoft Office 2000 Customizable Alerts file from the Microsoft Office Update Web site at the following address:
The custom dictionary is full. The word was not added.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=8FBEE1D3-C5BB-4A36-A2F7-DC63DE2A818CNote If you reached this article by clicking the Web Info button in an error message, you already have Customizable Alerts enabled.
This behavior can occur if any of the following conditions are true:
Custom dictionary is corruptCreate a new custom dictionary by performing the following steps:
You can now open your old dictionary file, run the spelling checker, and add the words from your old custom dictionary into your new custom dictionary.
Spelling files have become damaged or corruptUsing Windows Explorer, search for and rename the following files:
Rename Msspell3.dll to Msspell3.old.
Rename Mssp3en.lex to Mssp3en.old.
Start Word 2000 and in a blank document, type in some text and run the spelling checker. You will be prompted with a dialog box to install the spelling files. Click Yes to reinstall the spelling files.