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Spellchecking works with language hints: the appropriate dictionary, thesaurus and rules are selected from an attribute of the paragraph or word. This is especially important in multi-lingual documents.

Default language is defined by Tools->Options..., Language settings. Per definition, it applies to any text which is not flagged otherwise.

When you type a full paragraph in a non-default language, you must tell it to LO. As an example, let's say your paragraph has style Text Body (I suppose here that you are familiar with the concept of styles and are using them -- otherwise, you are strongly encouraged to read the relevant chapter in the user manual downloadable from the LO site). You clone this style and change the language attribute.

• Open the style directory Format->Styles and Formatting... or F11
• Right click on Text Body and choose New...
• In the Organizer tab, give a name, like Text Body (Ukrainian)
• In the Font tab, select Ukrainian language from the drop-down menu
• Click OK

Now you have Text Body to style default paragraphs and Text Body (Ukrainian) for Ukrainian paragraphs.

If you need to type a single foreign word in a paragraph (e.g. a Ukrainian word in an English paragraph or an English word in a Ukrainian paragraph), paragraph styles won't do the job. You must create specific character styles.

The procedure is similar to the previous one.

• Open the style directory Format->Styles and Formatting... or F11
• Click on the second icon from the left in the toolbar (Character styles), the one with a small a
• Right click in a free area and choose New... (or alternatively clone a style with a right-click on a name)
• In the Organizer tab, give a name, like Ukrainian
• In the Font tab, select Ukrainian language from the drop-down menu
• Click OK

Do the same with English to allow insertion of English in Ukrainian paragraphs.

After inserting the foreign text, select it with the mouse and give it the required character style. Then this text will be spell-checked separately from the paragraph where it is written.

Spellchecking works with language hints: the appropriate dictionary, thesaurus and rules are selected from an attribute of the paragraph or word. This is especially important in multi-lingual documents.

Default language is defined by Tools->Options..., Language settings. Per definition, it applies to any text which is not flagged otherwise.

When you type a full paragraph in a non-default language, you must tell it to LO. As an example, let's say your paragraph has style Text Body (I suppose here that you are familiar with the concept of styles and are using them -- otherwise, you are strongly encouraged to read the relevant chapter in the user manual downloadable from the LO site). You clone this style and change the language attribute.

• Open the style directory Format->Styles and Formatting... or F11
• Right click on Text Body and choose New...
• In the Organizer tab, give a name, like Text Body (Ukrainian)
• In the Font tab, select Ukrainian language from the drop-down menu
• Click OK

Now you have Text Body to style default paragraphs and Text Body (Ukrainian) for Ukrainian paragraphs.

If you need to type a single foreign word in a paragraph (e.g. a Ukrainian word in an English paragraph or an English word in a Ukrainian paragraph), paragraph styles won't do the job. You must create specific character styles.

The procedure is similar to the previous one.

• Open the style directory Format->Styles and Formatting... or F11
• Click on the second icon from the left in the toolbar (Character styles), the one with a small a"a"
• Right click in a free area and choose New... (or alternatively clone a style with a right-click on a name)
• In the Organizer tab, give a name, like Ukrainian
• In the Font tab, select Ukrainian language from the drop-down menu
• Click OK

Do the same with English to allow insertion of English in Ukrainian paragraphs.

After inserting the foreign text, select it with the mouse and give it the required character style. Then this text will be spell-checked separately from the paragraph where it is written.