Check Spelling

You can check the spelling of all text in your drawing. You can also specify the specific language dictionary that is used and customize and manage multiple custom spelling dictionaries.

You can check the spelling of all text in your drawing, including

With Check Spelling, your drawing or the areas of your drawing’s text that you specify are searched for misspelled words. If a misspelled word is identified, the word is highlighted and the drawing area zooms to that word in a scale that is easy to read.

Switch Dictionaries

The Check Spelling feature contains several main dictionaries, which are available in different languages. You can also create any number of custom dictionaries and switch between them as needed.

During a spelling check, the words in the drawing are matched to the words in the current main dictionary. Any words you add are stored in the custom dictionary that is current at the time of the check spelling. For example, you can add proper names so they are no longer identified as misspelled words.

NoteBy default AutoCAD provides you with one sample custom dictionary that contains words such as AutoCAD and Autodesk.

To check spelling in another language, change to a different main dictionary.

You can change dictionaries in the Dictionaries dialog box or by specifying the dictionary name in the DCTMAIN or DCTCUST system variable. For a list of the main dictionary file names, see DCTMAIN.

Note The filename for a custom dictionary cannot use any non-current code page characters in its name. If you are sharing a custom dictionary between different locals or languages do not use non-ASCII characters.

Create and Edit Custom Dictionaries

A custom dictionary is a list of spelling exceptions that you have identified. The files that contain them have a .cus file extension. You can use any ASCII text editor to add or delete words, or combine several dictionaries. If a word is preceded by a tilde (~), the word is always flagged as incorrect.