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Installing GaelSpell in Microsoft Word 2001 for the Mac OS

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The following instructions describe how to install GaelSpell for use with Microsoft Word 2001 on the Macintosh. Installing it in other versions of Word should be similar, but it has not been possible to test this.

Installing GaelSpell in Microsoft Word 2001 

  1. Download the latest version of GaelSpell for Macintosh from the download page
  2. Mac OS X: Save this file in the following folder: Users/~/Library/Preferences/Microsoft/.
    Mac OS 9: Save this file in the "Microsoft" folder which is in the "Preferences" folder inside the "System Folder".
  3. Start Microsoft Word and open an existing document or create a new one.
  4. Open the Edit menu and click on "Preferences..." Click on the "Spelling and Grammar" tab, and you should see a window like that shown in the picture below:
  5. spelling

  6. Make sure there is a "tick mark" in the box beside the "Check spelling as you type" option.
  7. Make sure that there is no "tick mark" in the box beside the "Check grammar as you type" option in the lower part of the window.
  8. Click on the "Dictionaries..." button. You should see a Custom Dictionaries window similar to that shown below:
  9. dictionaries

  10. Click on the "Add..." button.
  11. Select the file you just downloaded (it should be in the "System Folder:Preferences:Microsoft" folder) and then click OK.
  12. Click OK in the Custom Dictionaries window.
  13. Click on the popup menu that says "Custom Dictionary"
  14. dictionaries

  15. Click on "MacGaelSpell2", then click OK.
  16. GaelSpell has now been installed! Open a new document and type some text in Irish to make sure misspelt words have red lines underneath them.

More information on using GaelSpell can be found on the Using GaelSpell page.

The GaelSpell dictionary does not seem to work with Excel 2001, PowerPoint 2001.

If the steps given above didn't work, or if you require more detailed instructions, then please e-mail me with a description of the problem for assistance.

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