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Re-enable the AppleWorks user spelling dictionary Apps
For anyone who still uses AppleWorks (what can I say, it does everything that I need) and has lost the ability to use their custom user spelling library (you know, so it won't flag "TigerKR" as a spelling error every time), fear not (much). I have found the simple solution. And it will reenable the "Learn" button in the "Spelling" dialogue box as well. Here's how.

When AppleWorks is the active application, choose Edit -> Writing Tools -> Select Dictionaries from the menu. A Select Dictionaries window will appear. Click on the radio button for User Dictionary. Then below Currently Selected Dictionary, it will probably say something like 'None.' Click on Choose on the right of the window, and navigate to your MIA user dictionary, which is usually located at /Applications: AppleWorks 6: AppleWorks Essentials: Dictionaries: User Dictionary.

If you don't have that file, you can create a new user dictionary by clicking ... wait for it ... wait ... yep, click New. If that doesn't fix the problem, you may want to check the permissions of said User Dictionary to make sure that you have read/write access to the file.
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Re-enable the AppleWorks user spelling dictionary
Authored by: catodysseus on Apr 05, '05 01:08:02PM

I found my user dictonary in:

~/Documents/AppleWorks User Data/Dictionaries/

The dictionary in Apps/AppleWorks/etc.. didn't work even if I changed permissions.

Thanks for a nice tip, now I have to Learn AW some../J

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Re-enable the AppleWorks user spelling dictionary
Authored by: JoelFarris on Apr 06, '05 09:29:14AM

OK, this hint plain rocks! I had recently been forced to begin using Word because my Appleworks proggie no longer had a spell check dictionary that I could customize. Imagine my anguish when I realized one day that I would have to begin converting ALL my documents into Word formatting.

Having read this hint and sucessfully applied it, I must pat the author on the back for "randomly noodling around with a Mac". I'm sure glad you found this out and then posted the solution here.

I'd like to add another small bit of info about Appleworks for those of you who still use it and have found this hint. Version 6.2.9 now supports scroll wheel mice! I found this out quite by accident while poking around in the members section on my iDisk and discovering the newer version just sitting there. It seems that Apple released a point fix that flew right under the RADAR.

I downloaded it, installed it, and now I won't miss Word with its scroll wheel support and user dictionary because Appleworks works again!

Joel Farris
"and that's the way it oughta be!"

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