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How to add words to the AutoCAD spelling dictionary.

A - answer For spell checking (SPELL command), AutoCAD can use not only the main dictionary for the given language but also one or more custom dictionaries, e.g. with technical terms for a specific industry. The default custom dictionary (see DCTCUST) is the file SAMPLE.CUS in the support folder (e.g. c:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2011\R18.1\enu\Support\Sample.cus).

You can use several methods for managing and adding words and terms into these custom dictionaries:

  1. In the "Check Spelling" dialog, when the check stops on an unknown word, click the "Add to Dictionary" button
  2. In the "Check Spelling" dialog (anytime), click the button Dictionaries, in the dictionaries management dialog then enter the requested word to add and click Add - the term will be added to the current custom dictionary (the picture shows the "novýslovník.cus" file).
  3. Similarly to 2) you can add multiple words at once - with the Import button you can load a list of words from another dictionary or from an arbitrary text file (change its file extension to .CUS).

    Dictionaries (CZ version shown

  4. But you can also edit the custom dictionaries directly using a plain text editor (Notepad) - just open the .CUS file and add, import, change or delete any words.
You can also share your CUS file with MS Word (custom.dic) - see the Tip 2963.
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29.7.2010    14433×  

See also:
Tip 8696:Error: Unknown dictionary or Cannot read custom dictionary.
Tip 8151:Keyboard shortcuts in AutoCAD for Mac.
Tip 2963:Spell checking and sharing a dictionary with MS Word.

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