Choosing Language Settings

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Choosing Language Settings

You may need to do several things to set the language settings to what you want:

  • Install the required dictionaries
  • Change some locale and language settings
  • Choose spelling options

Install the Required Dictionaries

AOO automatically installs several dictionaries with the program. To add other dictionaries, be sure you are connected to the Internet, and then use Tools → Language → More Dictionaries Online. AOO will open your default web browser to a page containing links to additional dictionaries that you can install. Follow the prompts to select and install the ones you want.

Change Locale and Language Settings

You can change some details of the locale and language settings that AOO uses for all documents, or for specific documents.

In the Options dialog, click Language Settings → Languages.

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Figure 275: Language Setting options

On the right-hand side of the Language Settings – Languages page (Figure 277), change the User interface, Locale setting, Default currency, and Default languages for documents as required. In the example, English (USA) has been chosen for all the appropriate settings.

If you want the language (dictionary) setting to apply to the current document only, instead of being the default for all new documents, select the option labeled For the current document only.

If necessary, select the options to enable support for Asian languages (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) and support for CTL (complex text layout) languages such as Urdu, Thai, Hebrew, and Arabic. If you choose either of these options, the next time you open this dialog, you will see some extra choices under Language Settings, as shown in Figure 276. These choices (Searching in Japanese, Asian Layout, and Complex Text Layout) are not discussed here.

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Figure 276: Extra pages available when enhanced language support options are selected
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Figure 277: Choosing language options

Choose Spelling Options

To choose the options for checking spelling, click Language Settings → Writing Aids. In the Options section of the page (Figure 278), select the settings that are useful for you.

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Figure 278: Choosing languages, dictionaries, and options for checking spelling

Some considerations:

  • If you do not want spelling checked while you type, deselect Check spelling as you type.
  • If you use a custom dictionary that includes words in all upper case and words with numbers (for example, AS/400), select Check uppercase words and Check words with numbers.
  • Check special regions including headers, footers, frames, and tables when checking spelling.

Here you can also check which user-defined (custom) dictionaries are active by default, and add or remove dictionaries, by clicking the  New  or  Delete  buttons.

{{Note| OpenOffice does not have a grammar checker, but you can install a grammar checker extension such as LanguageTool and access that tool from Tools → Spelling and Grammar. See “Adding Functionality with Extensions” for more information.

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