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This has been a recurring issue that happens to people since 3.4.x came out.

Some people get this issue, while others do not.

Some people fix it by removing the user profile [in various places depending on the system], and then allowing LO to recreate it.

Others fixed the problem with a reinstall of the package after they removed the user profile.

Still others fixed it by downloading/installing a dictionary extension file [.oxt] for the language you want to use. I try to maintain an up-to-date list of all the available dictionaries that I know of.

with over 180 dictionaries, including over 20 localized Spanish dictionaries.

The official LO extension center also has dictionary files.

My largest American English dictionary/thesaurus has over 773,000 words in its spell checking word list. I also have British and Canadian English dictionaries with over 600,000 words in it.

I would rename the user profile [Ubuntu Linux has it in a hidden .libreoffice folder, but I do not remember where the different Windows ones are located]. Then I would reinstall the LO version you are using. Then to give you some extra "help", I would download an localized dictionaries you might want to use and install them with the Extension Manager. That will cover all your bases and may give you some more localized dictionary options that the "normal" LO install does not cover.

The reasons why the Spell-checking issue happens to some but not others, is a mystery to many of us. But these steps usually correct the problem.

On 10/11/2012 08:49 AM, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
You could try a few screenshots and upload them to this thread through Nabble.

Also you might find some help in documentation

However, i suspect that your install went wrong somewhere.  Where you able to check the md5sum or 
SHA of the download to make sure that was alright?  Given that i have unlimited broadband here i 
would probably just re-download even tho checking md5sum is surprisingly easy.

Possibly the easiest thing to try 1st tho is to rename your User Profile.  It fixes all sorts of 
weird problems
Then try Jean's and other's ideas might work more easily.

Regards from
Tom :)

From: Lostsoul <>
Sent: Thursday, 11 October 2012, 11:04
Subject: [libreoffice-users] Re: Auto and Manual Spell do not work . .

Nothing is working guess i ll have to find some remote view help and have them fix me up; can t 
find languages or styles and F11 does nothing for me - so far found no good help - later

--- On Thu, 10/11/12, Jean-Francois Nifenecker [via Document Foundation Mail Archive] 
<> wrote:

From: Jean-Francois Nifenecker [via Document Foundation Mail Archive] 
Subject: Re: Auto and Manual Spell do not work . .
To: "Lostsoul" <>
Date: Thursday, October 11, 2012, 2:05 AM


Le 11/10/2012 02:22, Lostsoul a écrit :
Ok using Libre version and my auto spell doesn t and even worse when
i click on manual spell check all i get is the stupid question do i want to
start at the top; i click yes
I think that question is not stupid. Some people just want to start
spellchecking at the current location. YMMV.

but then i get the boot telling me its all
finished and it isn t ! ?

So whats that crap all about and how do i fix it  ? ?   H E L P  waiting . .

Check that in Format / Characters the language is defined as you wish.
If it is defined as [none] no wonder you get the behaviour you're meeting.

The best way to fix the undefined language is to set the underlying
paragraph style:
(the paragraph being selected or the insertion point being in the faulty
1. F11 (or Format / Styles and formatting). A new toolbar shows up.
2. Make sure the Paragraph styles list is selected (first toolbutton
>from the left)
2. Right-Click the selected style name
3. Select Change
4. In the Font page, go to Language list. Set the language to the
desired value.
5. Validate

And you're set!

Note: I'm using an FR interface. The menus and options names above are
freely translated.

Jean-Francois Nifenecker, Bordeaux

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