How to Add and Manage Dictionaries on Chrome

Even if you're speaking in your native tongue, there is always going to be a word you'll need to look up. Since Google is aware of this, Chrome allows you to add dictionaries for your word-searching needs. The browser already has a default dictionary when it's first installed to help with the default language.

The good news is that Chrome allows you to add more languages and words to the dictionaries. The process may sound simple, but sometimes it can be frustrating if you're not sure where you need to click to add those extra language packs.

How to Add Dictionaries to Google Chrome

To add another dictionary to Chrome, you'll need to go to Settings and scroll all the way until you find "Advanced Settings." Click on this last option, and more options will appear. Under languages you'll see the language and spellcheck options. Click on the Language drop-down menu to the right, and you should see the "Add languages" option in Blue.


Click on it and either have the option to find a particular language by using the search option at the top or by scrolling down until you find it. When you see the language, you want to click on the empty box to the left of it and click on add. Don't forget that you can also use the sidebar to go through all the language options.


After selecting a language, you will see a relaunch button appear. You won't see Chrome in the new language without relaunching the browser first. Just in case you forget what language you choose to have Chrome be shown in, Google will let you know by showing you an option that says, "Google Chrome is displayed in this language" in green.


How to Manage Google Chrome Dictionaries

Once you've added all the dictionaries you want, it's time to know how to manage them. In the Languages section of Settings, you'll see three vertical dots that will help you control your newly added languages.

If you decide to go with a different one, click on the dots and choose "Display Google Chrome in this language," "Offer to translate pages in this language," "Move to the top," "Move Up," and "Remove."


By right-clicking on a word when you're typing, you can also modify your Chrome dictionary. Move the cursor over Spellcheck, and a side menu will appear to the right.

Here you can either change languages or go into language settings to do everything previously mentioned. You can even ask Google for help by choosing the "Ask Google for suggestions" option.

When you click on this option, Google will show you a message for you to enable it. Click on the blue "Enable" button, and it will be turned on automatically. To turn it off, follow the same steps and click on the option again to turn it off.



Dictionaries can help you avoid some really embarrassing situations by using the wrong word. You can also prevent those shaming mistakes in other languages by adding as many language packs as you need. As you can see, managing Chrome's default dictionary is also very easy.

Fabio Buckell

Just a simple guy that can't enough of Technology in general and is always surrounded by at least one Android and iOS device. I'm a Pizza addict as well.

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