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How to Edit or Transfer the QuickBooks Dictionary

It’s safe to say that the overwhelming majority of our clients use Intuit’s QuickBooks software.  One lesser known feature is the QuickBooks dictionary, which is especially useful if you have added your own custom industry jargon over the years.  When you upgrade to a new version of QuickBooks, unfortunately the custom dictionary is not transferred!

How to edit, merge, or transfer the QuickBooks dictionary

  1. Locate the file (userdictionary.tlx) – this file will be located in the following path:  C:\Users\<Username>\AppData\Local\Intuit\QuickBooks or %LOCALAPPDATA%\Intuit\QuickBooks
  2. Edit the .tlx file using Notepad, Notepad++, or some other text editor
  3. In our case, we had to add a new word to the fresh QuickBooks dictionary, then closed QuickBooks
  4. We opened the old and the new dictionaries side by side, and manually copied the contents from the old dictionary to the new, then saved it
  5. Re-open QuickBooks, and test your new dictionary, populated with your years of spelling corrections and custom additions.  Voila!  You’ve done it!

We hope you find this suggestion useful.  A special thanks to Denise Sullivan from Demand Media for leading us in the right direction on this fix. We provide best Computer repair Michigan