Mac Instructions: Editing Word and Pages Dictionaries

Accidentally added a misspelled word to the Microsoft Word or Apple Pages dictionary? Do you want to delete the wrong entry so that the spelling is displayed as incorrect again, i.e. underlined in red? Then you've come to the right place. Because I have put together instructions for editing the dictionaries of Word and Pages in this guide. I have linked the official sources of Microsoft and Apple to you accordingly. 

Mac instructions: Editing the Word dictionary on macOS

I spelled that right, you might be thinking while you click on a red underlined word on the right and Add to dictionary selects. Then you discover that the word has a mistake in it. Accordingly, it should fly out of the Word dictionary. This is not so hard. With these simple step-by-step instructions it works:

  1. Opens the Word app if it is not already open
  2. Click in the menu bar Word and then on Settings ...
  3. Select under "Creation tools and proofing aids" Spelling and Grammar
  4. Click on the "Dictionaries ..." button
  5. Make sure that the dictionary is selected (check mark) and click on the "Edit" button
  6. When a message appears stating that the spell check will now be deactivated, click on "OK"
  7. If a window for the file conversion opens, click on "OK"
  8. A document will now open in which you can add, edit or delete words
  9. If you have finished editing the dictionary list, save it (cmd + s) and click on "OK" in the message window
  10. Now you can close the document again
If you want to remove a misspelled word from the Word dictionary, you can do this on the Mac via the menu bar.

If you want to remove a misspelled word from the Word dictionary, you can do this on the Mac via the menu bar.

In the Word settings under macOS you have to click through a few windows and hints, then you can edit the dictionary list.

In the Word settings under macOS you have to click through a few windows and hints, then you can edit the dictionary list.

Instructions from Microsoft support: View here

Mac instructions: Editing the Pages dictionary on macOS

Or maybe you work with Pages and accidentally right-clicked a misspelled word and then clicked Learn notation selected. If you want to undo this now, there is of course a way to do it. If you notice the error directly, this path is even very short:

  1. Highlights the accidentally added word to the macOS dictionary
  2. (Hold down the ctrl key and) click the word on the right
  3. Click on Unlearn the spelling (and then release ctrl)

The reference to the ctrl key is in brackets because it is listed in the official Apple manual (see below), but was not necessary in the test. When I immediately right-clicked on an added word, the unlearn option appeared even without the button.

With or without holding down the ctrl key - learned words can be forgotten again directly by macOS in Pages.

With or without holding down the ctrl key - learned words can be forgotten again directly by macOS in Pages.

If you are no longer quite sure how many wrong words you have taught the macOS lexicon and therefore want to muck out a lot, you have to take a detour. Unfortunately, the list of learned words on the Mac under macOS is not accessible via menu clicks as in Word. With a step-by-step explanation, you can edit the Pages or macOS dictionary as follows:

  1. Opens the Finder or click on the Desk
  2. Now click on in the menu bar Go to and then on Go to the folder ...
  3. Enter the following path in the text field: ~ / Library / Spelling and click on "Open"
  4. In the folder "Spelling" that now appears, you open the file LocalDictionary
  5. Now you can edit the list of the macOS dictionary, then save and close
You can find the complete macOS dictionary for editing in the Spelling folder. The changes not only affect Pages, but also Numbers, Keynote, etc. throughout the system.

You can find the complete macOS dictionary for editing in the Spelling folder. The changes not only affect Pages, but also Numbers, Keynote, etc. throughout the system.

Source for the first guide: Support page

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