Custom Spell Check Dictionary of Latin Names for MS Word

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Yes, ole Rawge is a horrible speller, especially when it comes to scientific names. To save my staff and me a lot of time, I have created some custom dictionaries to use as spell checkers in MS Word. These dictionaries include all of the scientific names for North American birds*, scientific names for all wetland plants mentioned in the "1996 National List of Vascular Plant Species That Occur in Wetlands", fish species of the United Sates,  mammal species of the world, California Fauna, Grass families and Genera of the United States, and a collection of insect and arthropod names, terms, etc.

Creating and formatting these lists was a ton of work, so I wanted to make them available to other wildlife biologists. I will be adding and updating files as I have time, so check back occasionally  to make sure you have the most current file.

To use a custom dictionary in MS Word, you must first download the file(s) onto your computer. Next, you have 3 options.

Option 1. If you only want to use one of the dictionaries. Open the file and copy the contents into the custom dictionary that is currently being used. To access the current dictionary, search your hard drive for a file named "custom.dic". (if that made you laugh, you probably should get help with this part :) You may find more than one with this file name. The one you need will probably be located something like this:
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office

Once, the file is located, open the file, and paste in the info from the downloaded file. Then click "Save" and you should be in business.

Option 2. If you only want to use one of the dictionaries.  Open Word. Click "Tools", then "Options", then "Spelling and Grammar". Next, click "Dictionaries" and check a box next to Custom.dic. Now, click "edit" and it will open the custom dictionary in a Word document. As in option 1, cut and paste the new dictionary contents into the file. Click save. 

You will likely need to reopen the "Tools", "Options", "Spelling and Grammar" box again, and re-check the "Check spelling errors as you type" box. This feature is automatically disabled when you edit the custom dictionary.

Option 3. You can also download and use all or several of the dictionaries. To accomplish this, first download and save the dictionaries that you want. save them to a folder on your hard drive that you can easily browse to. Next, open Word and click "Tools", then "Options", then "Spelling and Grammar". You should see a box like this:


Click Dictionaries, and it will open a new box

Now, simply click "Add", and then browse to the folder containing the downloaded dictionaries. Once you've highlighted the dictionary, Click OK. Do this for each dictionary. Make sure the boxes beside the new dictionaries are checked, and then click Ok on the original box. You will likely need to reopen the "Tools", "Options", "Spelling and Grammar" box again, and re-check the "Check spelling errors as you type" box. This feature is automatically disabled when you edit the custom dictionary.

 **Tip. It is a good idea to un-check the box that "Ignores words in Uppercase", otherwise it will not spell check a Genus that is in Uppercase.

Here are the Dictionaries. Please remember that these were created by none other than a poor old hard-working biologist, so there is always the possibility of errors.  Although I haven't found any yet, please let me know if you do.

To save a file, right-click on a file name and choose "Save Target As" or "Save Files As"

All files are for personal use only and are not to be copied or distributed. Rawge 2003

I use these files on a daily basis. Let me know if they work out for you.

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If you have trouble getting the files installed, here are a few links to various web articles concerning custom dictionaries for MS Word:

 

*Thanks to Noel at http://www.badbirdz.com/