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Am I able to set up multiple personal dictionaries

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I realise different addons may be used. But there is a facility to use a personal dictionary How do I use the Firefox spell checker?

Is it easy to create and switch dictionaries other than by employing addons. For instance can I create my own personal dictionaries of various types eg - medical - slang - personal

If I did create such dictionaries would they be likely to work with some of the addons or not. I ask because a single inflexible spell checker may not always meet my needs.

I can always paste text from firefox into another more suitable spellchecker or application, but it would be more convenient to be able to modify the dictionaries firefox uses, according to what I wish to be checked on a specific item/session

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Sorry, only one persdict.dat file is allowed or used per Firefox user Profile. You could create additional Profiles to have unique "personal dictionaries".

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Sorry, only one persdict.dat file is allowed or used per Firefox user Profile. You could create additional Profiles to have unique "personal dictionaries".

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Thanks for the reply.

I know this is not a forum for discussing addons or hacks to firefox.

I do not think I have a perdict.dat, and guess it is only created when words are added by firefox, and when an addon spellchecker is not in use.

I already use multiple OS accounts, and multiple firefox profiles in a single account. I may look at this later if the persdict.dat is plain text or csv it will be easy to edit, although that may be less straightforward if it is compressed data. I will possibly consider writing a .bat that rewrites it with chosen versions as a solution.

I have meanwhile markrd this as solved, as you did answer the initial question, Thanks.

PS I note that ticking 'solved' removes any 'Post a Reply' content

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The persdict.dat file doesn't exist until the first "personal" spelling is saved. It is a custom text file, with one custom dictionary entry per line. Compression isn't used. It is easy to edit or add words by using a simple text editor, as long as the "one word per line" is kept intact, and special characters aren't added by the text program.

The same persdict.dat file )per Profile) will be used by any "dictionary" you have installed, and it is used by the Spellbound extension, too. As to other "spell check" extensions, I can't say - the built-in spellchecker suits my needs, although I did use Spellbound before Firefox included the spellchecker as a feature. Before Spellbound existed, I "rolled my own" spell check "extension" with instructions that were posted in the MozillaZine fora using files extracted from the Mozilla Suite (which is now known as SeaMonkey.)

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Is there anyway I can setup a centrally located custom dictionary for my office that could keep all users' custom dictionary updated?