[Solved] OpenOffice Writer: every word underlined in red

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[Solved] OpenOffice Writer: every word underlined in red

Postby bethlehem » Thu Jun 08, 2017 5:25 pm

I've been having a problem that just started, that every word I type in Open Office Writer is underlined in red....as if they're all misspelled. How do I fix this? I've been using Open Office Writer for 2 years now and this has never happened.
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Re: open office writer: every word underlined in red

Postby FJCC » Thu Jun 08, 2017 5:34 pm

Please see here: Spell Check not working
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Re: OpenOffice Writer: every word underlined in red

Postby steveh » Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:39 pm

I had this same problem on my system. It was because of a corrupt file in my user profile. (Specifically %appdata%\OpenOffice\4\user\uno_packages. This has dictionaries in it.)
To reset the uno_packages folder:

1) Close down OpenOffice all the way (all windows of it).
2) Go to %appdata%\OpenOffice\4 > rename the user folder to userOLD.
3) Restart OO Writer, then shut it down again. This re-populates the user folder.
4) Rename the user folder to userNEW.
5) Rename the userOLD folder to user (reinstating your old profile).
6) Copy the folder "uno_packages" from userNEW to user (overwrite the corrupt folder).
7) Open an OO Writer file to verify the problem is fixed.
8) Delete userNEW.

This fixed my problem. I have several computers with OpenOffice on them, and they all started having the issue around the same time in 2017. I don't know what caused it, but now at least it can be fixed.
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Re: OpenOffice Writer: every word underlined in red

Postby hiilei » Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:17 pm

I registered on this forum just so I could thank you, steveh! Great CLEAR instructions - solved my red underlining of every word in OpenOffice Writer. Thanks!!! :D
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Re: [Solved] OpenOffice Writer: every word underlined in red

Postby wesleytong » Fri Dec 28, 2018 1:52 pm

Me too, registered on this forum just so I could thank you, steveh! You're brilliant! Thank you again!
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Re: [Solved] OpenOffice Writer: every word underlined in red

Postby TheBlackFedora » Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:50 pm

Just like the previous two replies, I also registered on this forum to say a big Thank You to steveh.

Clear instructions. Direct and to the point.

Thanks for taking the time to post this.
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Re: [Solved] OpenOffice Writer: every word underlined in red

Postby lenbh » Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:38 pm

Perfect. Thanks, steveh!
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Re: [Solved] OpenOffice Writer: every word underlined in red

Postby Eddurd » Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:23 pm

I confirm that this works with version 4.1.5. Thanks!
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Re: [Solved] OpenOffice Writer: every word underlined in red

Postby DFH » Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:25 pm

Thank you, Steve. Works great!!!!
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Re: [Solved] OpenOffice Writer: every word underlined in red

Postby stevester87 » Thu Sep 17, 2020 1:38 pm

I also created an account to log in and thank you. Worked perfectly on 4.1.7
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Re: [Solved] OpenOffice Writer: every word underlined in red

Postby SVasudev » Thu Nov 12, 2020 10:42 am

Thanks for this solution, it worked for me!
Logged in to convey my thanks.
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Now spell check is not working, will try and figure that.

Thanks, Vasu
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Re: [Solved] OpenOffice Writer: every word underlined in red

Postby robleyd » Thu Nov 12, 2020 10:50 am

You might find some useful information in [Troubleshooting] Spell check in OpenOffice
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Re: [Solved] OpenOffice Writer: every word underlined in red

Postby SVasudev » Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:59 pm

Thanks David, I had visited this page.
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My problem solved, skipped the step of copying files from old to new user directory.
Saw some post along these lines.

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Re: [Solved] OpenOffice Writer: every word underlined in red

Postby Hyacinth » Fri Apr 02, 2021 8:43 am

I can't find a folder named "User" or "user", and a search for "user" finds only "PY" and "OpenOffice.org 1.1 Configuration" files. This makes me unable to rename the "user" folder to "userOLD", per step two.
However, given that step 4 is to rename the user folder to "userNEW", I assume that it means the "userOLD" folder, except that step 5 is to rename the "userOLD" folder to "user", so my best guess is that one of the steps should be to create rather than rename a folder (presumably "userNEW", given step 8 is to delete that folder).
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Re: [Solved] OpenOffice Writer: every word underlined in red

Postby Hagar Delest » Fri Apr 02, 2021 9:42 am

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Re: [Solved] OpenOffice Writer: every word underlined in red

Postby RoryOF » Fri Apr 02, 2021 10:01 am

Until you find the folder entitled "user", which ought be locatable if you carefully follow the instructions to which Hagar pointed you, do not delete or rename anything - you may cause more harm than good.
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Re: [Solved] OpenOffice Writer: every word underlined in red

Postby Bill » Fri Apr 02, 2021 2:19 pm

Hyacinth wrote:I can't find a folder named "User" or "user"...

To find the "user" folder, paste %appdata%\OpenOffice\4 in the Address Bar in File Explorer and press enter. That opens the folder containing the "user" folder that needs to be renamed. Don't use Search to look for the folder. Search may find other "user" folders that should not be renamed.
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