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the difference in how entries are separated may well mean that
backed up dictionaries from earlier versions of NVDA won't work if
you place them in new versions.
I backed up some dictionaries from old versions but it appears that
if I want to use them in new versions, I likely won't be able to.
On 7/31/2022 8:57 AM, Giles Turnbull
yes, it is possible
to edit the dictionary files manually. They are located in
AppData/Roaming/NVDA/speechDicts. The default dictionary is
default.dic and any voice dictionaries you might have are in
folders under the name of the synth.
One issue I found tricky to figure out was the flags to indicate
options like for Type: anywhere or whole word only or regular
expression, and for case sensitive or not. You can figure this out
by looking at a dictionary entry and seeing how it is in the
relevant dictionary file. Then change an option such as Type
Anywhere and change it to whole word Only, then look at how the
dictionary file has changed. I can't remember off the top of my
head, but I think the numbers range from 0 to 2 for the Type
The last entry I added to my default dictionary appears like this
in my default.dic file:
Hirwaun Heerwine 1 0
The #Welsh Town is the optional comment you can enter in the
Then comes the text followed by the way you want it pronounced.
Then come the flags for Type and Case Sensitive.
One thing that is interesting and has changed since the last time
I edited a dictionary file manually, is that the entries are not
comma-separated anymore ... they are separated by four spaces.
Hope this helps :)