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Hi Brian,

Siabonga, Siabonga! = Thank You, Thank You!  I tried your third option,
adding all the words to the "standard.dic" in a single cut-&-paste.  It
worked like a bomb - no hassles!
  So, since you're so helpful, have you got some money to lend me?
(Ha-Ha! - Júh Skidding!)


Hyran Cook
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-----Original Message-----
From: Brian Barker [] 
Sent: 20 July 2015 06:11 PM
Cc: Hyran Cook
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Can I Edit Spell-check Word List

At 15:12 20/07/2015 +0200, Hyran Cook wrote:
I would like to customise my Spell-check Lexicon/Word List, i.e., 
I'd like to add a list of about 500 Afrikaans and Zulu words as well 
as unique terms to the spell-checker so as to avoid having to add 
each one individually as they occur as possible mistakes.

First, there is no need to modify the built-in dictionary, as the 
facility exists to populate your own custom dictionary, which is then 
used alongside the provided one.

Actually, adding words to the custom dictionary individually is 
perhaps not as complicated as it sounds. Just paste the word list 
into a new (empty) document, where all the words will be underlined 
as wrongly spelled. Then run the spelling checker and simply click 
Add repeatedly. But that may be tedious for five hundred entries in one go.

The default custom dictionary is standard.dic, which is a plain text 
file to which you may well be able to add your new word list 
directly, by opening it in a plain text editor (perhaps Notepad). You 
will find this in the "wordbook" folder inside your LibreOffice user 
profile. Where the profile is depends on your operating system. You 
appear to be using Windows, in which case the profile is likely to be
C:\Documents and Settings\<user name>\Application Data\libreoffice\4\user
C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Roaming\libreoffice\4\user
- depending on the Windows version - where <user name> is the name 
you use to log on to Windows.
More easily, you can access it at

Once you have modified standard.dic (with LibreOffice closed, of 
course), you can start LibreOffice and go to Tools | Options... | 
Language Settings | Writing Aids | User-defined dictionaries | 
standard [All] | Edit... to check the result.

I trust this helps.

Brian Barker

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