How to Remove a Word You Added to the Dictionary on Mac OS X

Last Updated: Feb 10, 2024 by

As we use our devices more and more, we often find ourselves adding new words to our device’s dictionary. This can be helpful for words that are not recognized by the device’s default dictionary, but it can also lead to a cluttered and confusing dictionary. If you have accidentally added a word to your dictionary or simply want to remove a word that you no longer use, here’s how to remove a word you added to the dictionary on Mac OS X.

iPhone

If you have added a word to your iPhone’s dictionary, it will automatically sync to your Mac if you have iCloud enabled. To remove a word from your iPhone’s dictionary, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down and tap on “General.”
  3. Scroll down and tap on “Keyboard.”
  4. Tap on “Text Replacement.”
  5. Find the word you want to remove and swipe left on it.
  6. Tap on “Delete.”

The word will now be removed from your iPhone’s dictionary and will no longer appear on your Mac.

Mac OS X

To remove a word from your Mac’s dictionary, follow these steps:

  1. Open the “Finder” on your Mac.
  2. Click on “Go” in the menu bar and select “Go to Folder.”
  3. Type in “~/Library/Spelling” and click “Go.”
  4. Find the file named “LocalDictionary” and open it.
  5. Find the word you want to remove and delete it.
  6. Save the file and close it.

The word will now be removed from your Mac’s dictionary.

Chrome

If you have added a word to your Chrome dictionary, it will automatically sync to your Mac if you have signed in to Chrome with your Google account. To remove a word from your Chrome dictionary, follow these steps:

  1. Open Chrome on your Mac.
  2. Click on the three dots in the top right corner and select “Settings.”
  3. Scroll down and click on “Advanced.”
  4. Under “Privacy and security,” click on “Clear browsing data.”
  5. Make sure “Cookies and other site data” is selected and click “Clear data.”
  6. Close and reopen Chrome.

The word will now be removed from your Chrome dictionary.

Conclusion

Removing a word from your dictionary on Mac OS X is a simple process that can help declutter your dictionary and make it easier to find the words you actually use. Whether you added a word by mistake or simply no longer use it, these steps will help you remove it from your iPhone, Mac, and Chrome dictionary. Have you ever accidentally added a word to your dictionary? Let us know in the comments.

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