Privacy and Security Remove Word from Custom Inking and Typing Dictionary in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to remove a word from the custom inking and typing dictionary for your account in Windows 11.

Custom inking and typing dictionary allows you to get better suggestions by creating a custom dictionary using your typing history and handwriting patterns.

As part of inking and typing on your device, Windows collects unique words—like names you write—in a custom dictionary stored locally on your device, which helps you type and ink more accurately.

The dictionary is used to make better suggestions and improve handwriting recognition for each of the languages you use.


If you turn off Custom inking and typing dictionary, it will clear all words in your custom dictionary, and suggestions will no longer be personalized.



Contents

  • Option One: Remove All Words from Custom Inking and Typing Dictionary in Settings
  • Option Two: Remove Specific Word(s) from Custom Inking and Typing Dictionary with default.dic file


EXAMPLE: words in your custom dictionary

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Option One

Remove All Words from Custom Inking and Typing Dictionary in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Privacy & security on the left side, and click/tap on Inking & typing personalization on the right side. (see screenshot below)


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3 Click/tap on Custom dictionary. (see screenshot below)

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4 Click/tap on the Clear your custom dictionary button. (see screenshot below)

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5 Click/tap on Clear to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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6 Your custom dictionary will now be cleared. (see screenshot below)

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7 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Two

Remove Specific Word(s) from Custom Inking and Typing Dictionary with default.dic file


1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

2 Copy and paste %AppData%\Microsoft\Spelling\neutral into the address bar of File Explorer, and press Enter to open this hidden folder location. (see screenshot below)

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3 Use Open with to open the default.dic file above "Just once" with Notepad. (see screenshot below)

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4 Remove words you want from the custom word list for your personal dictionary. (see screenshot below)

Keep only a single word per line, and remove any line spaces between words you removed.


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5 When finished, click/tap on File on the menu bar, and click/tap on Save. (see screenshot below)

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6 You can now close Notepad if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 
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