How to Add and Remove Words in Your Personal Google Docs Dictionary

Not all words you include in a document describe in the dictionary. You can write the name of a person or a product that you won’t find in the Webster dictionary. Fortunately, Google Docs offers a personal dictionary you can use.

If you set Google Docs to automatically correct your spelling or start checking for misspelled words, you can waste time getting Docs to accept what you typed. However, if you add words to your personal dictionary, you can continue composing your document without automatic edits or spell checks failing.

Adding words to your personal dictionary

There are several ways to add words to the Google Docs personal dictionary. You can use a shortcut for a word that Docs identifies as misspelled or open the custom dictionary and add it manually.

Words you’ve created in the personal dictionary for any existing or new documents you create in Google Docs.


Adding a word using a shortcut

By default, Google Docs places a red underline under a word that appears to be misspelled. If you click on this word, a suggestion is displayed. In that same little pop-up window, click on the three dots and choose “Add to dictionary”.

Add the word to the personal dictionary using the shortcut

You can also right-click on the word and choose “Add to dictionary”.

Add the word to the personal dictionary after a right click.

Both of these actions remove the red underline and place the word in your personal dictionary. The word is no longer identified as a misspelling.

The word is no longer underlined as a misspelling.

Adding words manually

Another way to add a word is to open the personal dictionary and enter the word manually. Go to Tools > Spelling and Grammar and select “Personal Dictionary” from the drop-down menu.

Tools, Spelling and grammar, Personal dictionary

Select the word in the top box, select “Add”, then click “OK” to save it.

Enter the word in the personal dictionary

You’ll see your word and any others you’ve added in the box at the bottom.

Delete words from the dictionary

To view your words or delete one, go to Tools > Spelling and Grammar > Personal Dictionary from the menu.

Select the word you can delete and click the trash can icon to the right of it. You will not be asked to confirm the deletion. Click “OK” when finished.

Delete a word from the personal dictionary

Remember that if you delete a word from the personal dictionary, it may again be identified as a misspelling.

Word underlined for misspelling

For additional help with creating your documents, see “How to consistently display word counts in Google Docs.”

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