Microsoft Word/Exclusion Dictionary



Once I have created an exclusion dictionary, can I send the txt file to a coworker to use, so that he/she doesn't have to create the same dictionary from scratch? If yes, what steps would my coworker take?

Thanks for your help!

I don't see why not. If you have Word 2003 or earlier and have created an .exc file, you would just send it to your coworker with instructions on where to save it. If it's Word 2007 or later, you'd have to copy the content of the edited .lex file and save it as a text file, and your coworker would have to open the corresponding .lex file on his/her computer and paste in the content of the text file. It's possible that an edited .lex file could be substituted for the existing one (with the same filename) on another system; that might be worth a try.

In case you haven't already consulted it, see for more about exclusion dictionaries in all versions of Word.
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Suzanne S. Barnhill


I've been using Word for Windows since version 2.0 (1992), and the more I learn about it, the more I realize how little I know. But I may know a few things that you don't, and I'll help if I can. I answer many questions every day in Microsoft's peer support forums and as a result have been awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) designation by Microsoft Corporation. You may be able to find the answer to your question at the Word MVPs' FAQ site or at my own Word FAQ site, so please check those first! Please, no questions about VBA (macros), Registry editing, networks, or complex merges, as I have no experience with these aspects of Word, nor do I have any experience with Word for Mac. Please indicate which version of Word you are using; if you are not sure, see "What version of Word do I have?".


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