Choosing language settings

You may need to do several things to set the language settings to what you want:

Install the required dictionaries

OpenOffice.org automatically install several dictionaries with the program. To add other dictionaries, be sure you are connected to the Internet, and then use Tools > Language > More dictionaries online. OOo will open your default web browser to a page containing links to additional dictionaries. Follow the prompts to select and install the ones you want.

Change some locale and language settings

You can change some details of the locale and language settings that OOo uses for all documents or for specific documents.

Language settings

In the Options dialog, chose Language Settings > Languages on the left-hand side. On the right-hand side, change the User interface, Locale setting, Default currency, and Default languages for documents as required. In the example, English (UK) has been chosen for all the appropriate settings.

Language settings

If you want the language (dictionary) setting to apply to the current document only, instead of being the default for all new documents, select the checkbox labeled For the current document only.

If necessary, select the options to enable support for Asian languages (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) and support for CTL (complex text layout) languages such as Hindi, Thai, Hebrew, and Arabic. If you choose either of these options, the next time you open this dialog, you will see some extra choices under Language Settings, as shown below. These choices (Searching in Japanese, Asian Layout, and Complex Text Layout) are not discussed here.

Extra setting choices when enhanced language support options are selected

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