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asked 2019-03-04 00:24:58 +0200

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updated 2019-03-04 00:48:29 +0200

Hi All. I have searched the Forum and have found almost similar questions. Still, I will ask it because it has not been answered. The person has asked about the English installation, which must be by default.

I have installed Finnish LibreOffice on a Finnish Windows. I need a Russian interface. Where can I find it?

I know where it is located in the menu. The problem is that the only language is in the list is Suomi (Finnish). Where can I download other languages from? I have additional languages installed on my system as keyboard layouts for English and Russian, still, the only language offered for user interface in Finnish.

Why do I need a Finnish office? Because of the grammar tool in it.

I would need Russian or English user interface because of the usability issue. It would be also highly beneficial to have also English and Russian grammar correcting tools.

More general question. When installing localized LO on a localized Windows, how to install another language for it?

Or, even more simple, when LO is installed in language A, how to add a user interface in language B?

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I have tried to download LO in another language, say English or Russian, just in case, seeing if it helps, well, it downloads still the very same installation package. It means the languages are there somewhere inside, just need to get them somehow into the software. LO is the first software I encounter such an issue. Other open source software I use allow to change languages after the installation without issues.

Mira gravatar imageMira ( 2019-03-04 00:44:55 +0200 )edit

And, yes, I have read the documentation. I will cite it from

If you downloaded LibreOffice packages from the main LibreOffice Web site, follow the steps below.

1.Open your Web browser and enter 2.Select and download the correct language pack for your version of LibreOffice software. 3.Close LibreOffice software (also close the Quickstarter, if you enabled it). 4.Install the language pack.

Number 2. where are the language packs?

Mira gravatar imageMira ( 2019-03-04 01:04:51 +0200 )edit

Well, another page says that I have to reinstall the software and select the language upon installation. Well, I can do it on my computer. But if the computer is in the public place/library?

Mira gravatar imageMira ( 2019-03-04 01:06:06 +0200 )edit

It would be also highly beneficial to have also English and Russian grammar correcting tools.

The LibreOffice Windows installer includes grammar/spelling checkers for both of them. Obviously, you can also use other options such as LanguageTool for grammar and spellcheck dictionaries from the extensions site.

gabix gravatar imagegabix ( 2019-03-04 07:50:23 +0200 )edit

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answered 2019-03-04 04:25:09 +0200

What you are citing "1.Open your Web browser and enter ..." is from "Selecting document language" help topic, not about selecting user interface language, so is irrelevant to your problem.

User interface languages are installed with the main program installer. Our Windows installer has all UI languages inside; there's no separate "Finnish" or "Russian" installer (except for help packs, which is another thing). You need to modify your installation to do that. See the installation instructions, available from the download page (look for How do I install LibreOffice? link).

Well, I can do it on my computer. But if the computer is in the public place/library?

As with any software - you can only do what computer owner offered/allowed you on another's system. You might use a portable version if that is acceptable with those public places.

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This is an old question, but it doesn't need a new thread because there still seems to be no satisfactory answer. Mike Kaganski's contribution appears to imply that the only way to add another language is to do a new installation, remembering to include all the languages likely to be needed. Can that really be true? What are we expected to do if we don't have administrative rights on the computer?

I'm sorry, but I've already pointed out various bugs and omissions in LO that may appear trivial to developers but, as in this case, cause people to waste time searching for a kludgy solution. In other cases, one discovers that LO no solution and that one must return to an operating system for which a complete office software package is available. For example, a long-standing omission from Calc, absolutely fatal for many fields of ...(more)

crlMIDI gravatar imagecrlMIDI ( 2020-07-23 07:17:53 +0200 )edit

Mike Kaganski's contribution appears to imply that the only way to add another language is to do a new installation

No, Mike Kaganski's contribution implies that you need to learn how to install and modify installed software on your system. Also it implies that it's important to know your OS to give you an advise. E.g., on Windows, you don't need to do a new installation, you just need to open a special system applet to modify the existing installation.

But also it implies that administrative rights are needed whenever you need to perform administrative actions. Modifying an installation of software installed system-wide is definitely an administrative action. And thus, the answer mentioned portable version that didn't need any administrative rights.

And in the end, why you think that throwing any unrelated claim is OK in any topic?

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2020-07-23 08:15:03 +0200 )edit
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