If you use the spelling feature in QuickBooks you will find that it is easy to add a misspelled word to the dictionary. That is, QuickBooks says that a word is not in the dictionary and you accidentally click Add instead of Replace. The misspelled word is in your dictionary, and QuickBooks doesn’t provide you with a way to delete the entry. How can you fix this?
You can delete these kinds of errors, as I’ll show you today, but please use these instructions with caution!
Find your Dictionary
Your QuickBooks dictionary is stored in a file named UserDictionary.tlx. Each Windows user has their own copy. Exit QuickBooks (don’t try this procedure if you have QuickBooks running on your computer) and do a search for this file. Note that you may find several copies if you have installed several different versions of QuickBooks over the years.
In Windows Vista the usual folder will be something like C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\QuickBooksxxxx.
- UserName will be your Windows user name.
- xxxx will be the year of QuickBooks that you are using (like “2009”).
In some cases you may have a hard time finding this, as sometimes this folder is marked as a “hidden” folder. If this is the case, open Windows Explorer and change your folder preferences. In Windows Vista you would select Organize and then Folder and Search Options, and click on the View tab. Mark the option to Show hidden files and folders. Please use caution with this – these folders are usually hidden to keep people from making changes where they shouldn’t.
Before you try making any changes to the dictionary file, make a backup copy in a safe place!
Edit the dictionary file with a simple text editor – one that won’t try to insert odd characters into the file (don’t use Microsoft Word, for example). Windows Notepad is a good choice. In Vista, right click on the file and select Open, and you will usually be shown a dialog that lets you choose the editor. Choose the option to select a program: