[Solved] How to add dictionaries

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[Solved] How to add dictionaries

Postby cg&n » Wed Oct 14, 2015 6:10 am

Am running OO V4.1.1with W7Pro and need to add a dictionary for a document. Can open AutoSpellcheck but it only highlights a misspelt word without any suggestions for correction.
Downloaded dictionaries dict-en.oxt and en-us.oxt but cannot install them. Have cleared security for both but cannot set permissions, which are greyed out as full control
Can anyone advise a way forward please?
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Re: How to add dictionaries

Postby Zizi64 » Wed Oct 14, 2015 8:26 am

Try the LibreOffice. The Installer file of the LO contains all of available language tools for all of available languages. You can select at installation what you need. (Simpliest thing to install all of language tools).

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The LO installer file does not contain the localized HELP files. You need download and install them separately.
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Re: How to add dictionaries

Postby RoryOF » Wed Oct 14, 2015 8:30 am

Delete or rename your OpenOffice user profile. As you are using Windows do this by:

Close OpenOffice and the Quickstarter. Open File Explorer. Copy and paste %appdata%\OpenOffice\4 in the File Explorer Address Bar and press Enter. Delete or Rename the "user" folder. Start OpenOffice.

This cures most spellcheck problems.
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Re: How to add dictionaries

Postby cg&n » Wed Oct 14, 2015 10:41 am

Many thanks RoryOF, that was the solution. Spellcheck now working well.
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Re: How to add dictionaries

Postby RoryOF » Wed Oct 14, 2015 10:50 am

Note that/ in /Tools /Options /Language Settings /Writing aids one can define a new dictionary to hold words specific to a particular project (for example, personal names and locations). When you first use such a word in a project, you should ensure it is correctly spelled (we all did do spelink at Skuul, didn't we?); when it is flagged as unknown by the main spellchecker, right click on it and select Add; from the popup select the custom dictionary to which you wish to add it.

[Note: Options is under Preferences on a Mac]
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Re: [Solved] How to add dictionaries

Postby RichardPrincipal » Thu Mar 11, 2021 11:41 pm

Yes I know it should right the first time but sometimes the wrong does slip in.

this information should be available in the help files that come with openoffice

it is really beginning to stress me out

On Internet it takes about a folder called appData the same web page says it is short for 'application Data' (oh come on sure that is not misleading)

anyway I put that into the search box windows 10 and the first thing it want to do is search internet for the folder that should be in my laptop
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Re: [Solved] How to add dictionaries

Postby robleyd » Fri Mar 12, 2021 12:27 am

Please carefully follow the instruction RoryOF gave above:

Copy and paste %appdata%\OpenOffice\4 in the File Explorer Address Bar and press Enter. Don't use the Search bar.
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Re: [Solved] How to add dictionaries

Postby Bill » Fri Mar 12, 2021 12:52 am

RichardPrincipal wrote:On Internet it takes about a folder called appData the same web page says it is short for 'application Data'

"Application Data" was the name of a folder used in Windows XP to store user data for different applications. Starting with Vista, the folder name was shortened to "AppData" and its location in the file system was changed. The environment variable %appdata% can be used to find the folder in any version of Windows without having to know the actual location of the folder.
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