How To Remove Misspelled Words from Chrome Dictionary
These instructions work on OSX 10.11.3 – But I cannot confirm that they will work on older versions of the OS.
If you’re like me, and you’ve accidentally added words to your Mac’s dictionary while using Chrome’s spell check functionality, you may be frustrated by the lack of an easy way to remove them. It’s extremely handy, but with the “add to dictionary” option right below the correction option, it’s incredibly easy to do.
What isn’t easy is to find out how to remove the word from the custom dictionary, and because it’s probably one that you will misspell again (if you’re like me), it just spells trouble in that future email where you cannot write “tommorow” correctly.
Unlike other operating systems, you cannot find the custom dictionary in Chrome’s settings, because it stores the words in your Mac’s profile options.
Step 1: Open Terminal
You can find terminal in your applications folder under Utilities. Or you can just press Command > Spacebar and type “Terminal” and hit enter.
Step 2: Type into terminal: open ~/Library/Spelling/
Then hit enter. This will open up a finder window with several different files in it.
Step 3: Option-Drag the LocalDictionary file to your desktop.
This step backs up the file to your desktop in case you make a mistake and want to recover the file.
Step 4: Double click the LocalDictionary file and open with Text Edit
Step 5: Remove the word(s) you added by mistake, and then save with Command>S.
Once you have restarted your computer, chrome will no longer recognize those misspelled words as correctly spelled words, which will mean fewer typos in your emails.