How do I setup the spell-checker to be the correct default for my language?

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How do I setup the spell-checker to be the correct default for my language?



Checked.png Checked for technical accuracy by KNMcKenna 18:18, 22 September 2012 (UTC)


Because Apache OpenOffice Writer relies heavily on styles for formatting and also allows direct formatting (from context menu for example), there are a number of inter-dependencies to be addressed.

Go to Tools->Options->Language Settings->Languages to set the default language.

If you use a custom template, the setting above is overridden by the Default paragraph style setting (in the Fonts tab).


In fact, spell check management is mostly done by the paragraph style. This is the first place to look at.

Documentation caution.png beware of the direct formatting (done through Format>Characters). It may lead to problems because if later you apply the Default formatting (from context menu for example), it will reset the language to the paragraph style setting. Therefore, if it has not been changed in the paragraph style, you will lose your language setting.


The hierachy looks like this:

  • Language is set up in the menu Tools>Options>Language Settings>Languages.
    • But this setting is overridden by
      • Language set up in the Font tab of a Paragraph style.
        • Which is also overridden by
          • Language set up in the Font tab of Character style.
            • Which is also overridden by
              • Language set up by direct formatting (Font tab in Format>Characters or context menu>Characters)
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