C-h v ispell-personal-dictionary shows nil. Its docstring says:

File name of your personal spelling dictionary, or nil.
If nil, the default personal dictionary for your spelling checker is used.

My spellchecker is hunpsell, installed in C:\Hunspell, Windows 10. Emacs finds it and performs spellcheck without issues.

Can't find any personal dic in its folder and subfolders.

Edit: the first comment gives a link, which explains where the default location is.

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    Does this answer your question?
    – NickD
    Commented Jun 1, 2020 at 15:41
  • Excellent pointer! Will try. Meanwhile, irrespective of any value of ‘ispell-personal-dictionary’, Emacs somehow saves the words I add to personal dictionary with ‘i’ key and doesn’t flag these next time it checks the same words. Commented Jun 1, 2020 at 18:06
  • Well, it seems by default $HOME is used to to write personal dics into. I guess I can close this question. Edit: unless I can modify it a bit? Commented Jun 2, 2020 at 14:51
  • It's better not to edit the question in order to ask a different question: you should edit it only to add additiona information. You can answer your own question and accept it (you probably should in this case). But nobody will see the modified question about Dropbox, so it's better to ask a new question, with a title that more accurately reflects the new question you want to ask.
    – NickD
    Commented Jun 2, 2020 at 15:29

2 Answers 2


The link in the first comment answered the question.

From the man page:

-p dict

Set path of personal dictionary. Default is $HOME/.hunspell_default. Setting -d or the DICTIONARY environmental variable, personal dictionary will be $HOME/.hunspell_dicname

This answers where hunspell stores personal dics. ‘ispell’ works with other backends (‘aspell’, ‘enchant’) and things are different there.

  • $HOME is not a variable set by default in Windows. When it's not set, I suppose the folder used is the one in which Emacs is started?
    – kotchwane
    Commented Jun 3, 2020 at 10:31
  • $HOME seems to be equal to %USERPROFILE% on my system. I see ispell creating personal dics there, not in Emacs’ start/working dir. Commented Jun 3, 2020 at 13:28
  • it could be under ~/.aspell.en.pws too
    – alper
    Commented Jan 17, 2021 at 19:32

You can find it at C:\users\username\hunspell_default

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