DIC, Dictionary File (.dic)

The DIC Misc file format

A DIC file is a dictionary file that contains a long lists of words in a specific language. DIC files are used by word processing software like Microsoft Word to check the spelling of a document or provide correctly written alternatives for misspelled words. Next to existing dictionaries, DIC files can also be custom dictionaries that supplement the already existing dictionary of a word processor. That way, technical terms, proper names and other words that are marked as misspelled can be adopted by the programs spell-check as well.

Technical details of DIC files

Word processing programs of several kinds reference DIC files as their dictionary of words for spell-checking. Different DIC files contain different lists of words that can vary in language but also complexity and length. In some instances, the word processing software is able to write new or into existing dictionaries. That way, the DIC file is altered so that, e.g., proper names and technical terms aren't marked as incorrect anymore.

More information about the DIC file format

File extension .dic
File category Misc
Example file Download example.dic file (0.05 KiB)
Associated programs ACD Systems Canvas (Windows)
Apache OpenOffice (Windows, Mac & Linux)
IBM Lotus Notes (Windows)
JGsoft EditPad Pro (Windows)
Kingsoft Writer (Windows)
LibreOffice (Windows, Mac & Linux)
Microsoft Windows (Windows)
Microsoft Word (Windows & Mac)
Useful links How to edit DIC files
Developer n/a