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Greetings.  I'm running Evernote on Windows 10.  After installation, the custom dictionary ends up on my Windows desktop, which isn't ideal.  I'd like help moving them elsewhere.  After a fresh installation, two files appear on the desktop: Custom Dictionary.txt and Custom Dictionary.txt.backup.  Deleting these files removes the functionality of the custom dictionary.  Reinstalling the application didn't help, the custom dictionary files reappear on my desktop.

During install, I installed Evernote to the default file location, C:\Program Files (x86)\Evernote\

When I select Tools --> Options --> General --> Open Database folder, and then navigate up a folder, there is no "Dict" folder.

Any idea what the issue is?  Help!  Thanks in advance.

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Hi.  Dictionary files on the desktop is certainly not the normal location - although I just searched for the files on my Windows 10 system and did not find them anywhere.  I do get a 'Dict' subfolder folder with a User.dic present.

Not sure what to suggest - if a reinstall didn't sort this out,  you could try using (the free) Revo Uninstaller software to nuke your system completely free of all Evernote traces,  then do a clean reinstall.  Or you could raise this with Evernote Support - https://www.evernote.com/SupportLogin.action if you're a paying customer,  Twitter - https://twitter.com/evernotehelps if not.

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23 hours ago, spyder22446688 said:

Greetings.  I'm running Evernote on Windows 10.  After installation, the custom dictionary ends up on my Windows desktop, which isn't ideal.  I'd like help moving them elsewhere.  After a fresh installation, two files appear on the desktop: Custom Dictionary.txt and Custom Dictionary.txt.backup.  Deleting these files removes the functionality of the custom dictionary.  Reinstalling the application didn't help, the custom dictionary files reappear on my desktop.

During install, I installed Evernote to the default file location, C:\Program Files (x86)\Evernote\

When I select Tools --> Options --> General --> Open Database folder, and then navigate up a folder, there is no "Dict" folder.

Any idea what the issue is?  Help!  Thanks in advance.

This happened to me after a reinstall.  I created the Dict directory in the Evernote local files location, Tools - Options - General.  I had a user.dic file from a previous backup so I just moved it into the folder.  Seems to be working now.

If you don't have a user.dic file, you might try File - Exit from EN, create the Dict folder, and then restart EN.  Then add a word to the dictionary and see if it works.   I think it will..

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Thanks you, gazumped and CalS, for the suggestions.  After reinstalling a third time with a minor change to the install directory, it appears I fixed the issue and restored dictionary functionality. 

The first two times I installed Evernote (with the problem), I installed to C:\Program Files (x86)\Evernote\

The third time I installed Evernote (problem fixed), I installed to C:\Program Files (x86)\Evernote\Evernote\

Unclear why this fixed the issue, but it did.  If my installation gaffe caused an obvious problem, you have my apologies for wasting your time!

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I had the same problem, but the provided solution didn't work for me, so I found an alternative.

Note the following in my case:

  • Evernote 6.9.2.6423
  • Windows 10
  • Installation directory: C:\Program Files (x86)\Evernote\Evernote\
  • Local files directory: C:\Users\<user>\Evernote\
  • Dictionary file C:\Users\<user>\Evernote\Dict\user.dic exists (not touched for a couple of months, I assume since some previous upgrade)

I used the following steps to resolve the problem:

  1. Shut down Evernote completely.
  2. Renamed C:\Users\<user>\Evernote\Dict to C:\Users\<user>\Evernote\Dict-old.
  3. Deleted Custom Dictionary.txt and Custom Dictionary.txt.backup from the desktop.
  4. Restarted Evernote.
  5. Tested successfully - new words can be added to the dictionary and are recognised when used, and no files are created on the desktop.

I don't know where these new words are stored - C:\Users\<user>\Evernote\Dict does not get recreated, and I didn't see any new files or directories being created either in the installation directory or the local files directory.

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