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Spell checker - words containing dash are marked as incorrect (underlined)

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Jan 08, 2023 Jan 08, 2023

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The problem: InDesign marks a word containing a dash as incorrect (eg. Cluj-Napoca). Language is English UK. So I right-click and choose "Add to dicionary". Afterwards the word is still marked as incorrect (it is underlined), but when I right-click, another menu appears, not the spell checker's menu (therefore the word is correct, no spell checker action is needed).

Is there a workaround to get rid of underlines for correct words containing dashes?

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Community Expert , Jan 08, 2023 Jan 08, 2023

Bună dimineața,

Interestingly, if you right-click and Add "Selected-Words"to Dictionary, you only get Napoca added to the dictionary; not Cluj-Napoca.

But if you select Cluj-Napoca and go directly to the User Dictionary, you can add the whole Cluj-Napoca (a large city region in Romania, in case you were wondering). And then the spell checker works fine.

This almost seems like a bug.

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Jan 08, 2023 Jan 08, 2023

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Bună dimineața,

Interestingly, if you right-click and Add "Selected-Words"to Dictionary, you only get Napoca added to the dictionary; not Cluj-Napoca.

But if you select Cluj-Napoca and go directly to the User Dictionary, you can add the whole Cluj-Napoca (a large city region in Romania, in case you were wondering). And then the spell checker works fine.

This almost seems like a bug.

Mike Witherell

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Bună dimineața,

Thank you for your response!

Opening the 'User dictionary' window, and adding the word pair, separated with dash, works well! Now "Cluj-Napoca" and the other countless words are not marked as incorrect. A little bit more work, but solves the problem.

I have to file a bug report on indesign.uservoice.com .

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