[xubuntu-users] Libre Office spell check

Atherton sharonww at bigpond.com
Sun Jul 22 00:56:11 UTC 2012

On 21/07/12 21:11, Joshua O'Leary wrote:
> On 21/07/12 09:08, Neil Winchurst wrote:
>> On 21/07/12 00:53, Atherton wrote:
>>> On 21/07/12 03:24, Jack Evans wrote:
>>>> On 20/07/12 17:47, Neil Winchurst wrote:
>>>>> I have noticed that the spell check in Libre Office is not working
>>>>> properly. This is in Xubuntu 12.04. Is this a known problem or is it
>>>>> something that I have done?
>>>>> Thanks
>>>>> Neil
>>>> It should work by default, check you have the correct SpellChecker
>>>> Installed, go to Tools >> Options >> Language Settings >> Writing 
>>>> Aids >>
>>>> In there you should have a Spell Checker enabled in a check box, for
>>>> me it's "Hunspell SpellChecker"
>>>> under options make sure you have Check Spelling/ Check Grammar as you
>>>> type checked
>>> I also had problems after I downloaded and installed a British English
>>> dictionary from Libre Office
>>> [KPP-british-english-dictioonary-217K-word-list.oxt]. The default
>>> dictionary in LibreOffice appears to be US English. After this
>>> installation, trying to use a UK dictionary to 'correct' US spelling 
>>> [eg
>>> -or/-our and -ise/-ize words] resulted in every word being 
>>> underlined as
>>> incorrect and gave weird suggestions for simple words like "the".  
>>> Fixed
>>> problem by going to Settings - Language Support in Xubuntu and using
>>> Language - Install/Remove languages [there is a help file] - ended up
>>> with Australian -British - and US English dictionaries that I could 
>>> use.
>>> (Don't know where these came from). Set English (Australia) as default
>>> Western language for documents in Tools > Options > Language Settings >
>>> Languages, and, in Writing Aids clicked Edit for Available Language
>>> modules and set English (Australia) as preferred language for Spelling.
>>> As I remember in also became the default for Hunspell Spellchecker,
>>> Grammar, Hyphenation, Thesaurus and OpenOffice.org New Thesaurus.
>>> Atherton
>> Thanks to both. This is on my daughter's new laptop which I have just
>> bought her for her birthday, so I will check all this when I can. The
>> symptoms are,
>> I have set it up to check spelling as I type. It doesn't. If I press F7
>> to force a check I get a window up looking like a normal spell check
>> winkdow. Superimposed on that is a smaller message window saying that
>> the spell check is complete. It hasn't actually checked anything.
>> Thanks
>> Neil
> Chances are you probably haven't even installed any dictionaries. Make 
> sure aspell-<language> is installed - probably aspell-en.
The symptoms that Neil describes of the appearance of a 'normal 
spell-checker window with a message that spell check is complete' is 
what I got if I attempted to use English (UK) spell checker [before I 
complicated things by downloading 
At the top of the spell-checker window at Text language the open slot 
had no language listed.

Spellchecker worked OK with English (US) which I had set as the default 
Western language for documents in Tools > Options > Language Settings > 
Languages. I was never able to get UK spell-checker to work by changes 
to Languages or in Writing Aids until I used Language Support in 
Xubuntu. I suspect it had something to do with getting the correct info 
in "Locale" - see 'Wiki -Ubuntu Documentation Locale' - but maybe not?

In LibreOffice Writer, at > Tools > Language > For Paragraph, Text etc > 
will list Languages when there is no dictionary for that language if one 
has set such a language thru Tools > Options > Language Settings > 
Languages as the default Western languages for Documents - the setting 
will NOT have an abc blue tick before it - indicating that no such 
dictionary is installed. I suspect in your case it is set to English 
(UK) and doesn't have the blue tick.

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