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Is there a way to customize the font and highlight colors in the Spelling dialog box to provide better contrast for someone without perfect vision?

asked 2019-10-18 02:21:52 +0200

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updated 2020-08-12 20:22:40 +0200

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While running the Spelling tool to check a document, when a problem word is found, the dialog box shows the context text and below that a list of suggested replacements. The top replace is highlighted in gray.

White text with a gray background provide poor contrast making it hard to read.

If you select a replacement word, the highlight color changes to blue making it a little easier to read.

Light green text on a black background would be much easier to read.

Version: 6.3.2.2 (x64) Build ID: 98b30e735bda24bc04ab42594c85f7fd8be07b9c CPU threads: 4; OS: Windows 6.1; UI render: default; VCL: win; Locale: en-US (en_US); UI-Language: en-US Calc: threaded

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answered 2019-10-18 10:49:48 +0200

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You could try to enable system-defaults for high contrast:

  • Menu selection Tools - Options
  • Left pane, select branch LibreOffice - Accessibility
  • Tick to autodiscover high contrast mode.
  • Quit Writer
  • Enable system settings for high contrast (in accessibility applet) if you haven't already
  • Start Writer again

If that fails, you could try to search for high contrast themes for LibreOffice. Not sure whether themes now apply to panes and frames as well as icons.

There is no way I can find to adjust color individually for that particular element. It may be linked to one of the settings in the colors dialog (just above the Accessibility dialog I mentioned above), but I don't think so.

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Also you could try to change system colors available using this command line (in Windows 7): control.exe color

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2019-10-18 10:58:33 +0200 )edit

Thank you, I tried the system high contrast and the LibreOffice Accessibility option and that made the Spelling dialog box replacement easier to read.

Unfortunately, the tool bar at the top had most icons replaced by dark gray versions (a few were light gray) on a black background. Making them harder to make out.

Plus many other programs looked horrible.

Your solution worked but the side effects are as bad or worse than the problem it fixed.

I don’t want to have to change my system, or go into and out of high contrast mode every time I want to use the Spelling dialog box. I just want the Spelling dialog box to be easier to read.

Thank you for taking the time to respond to my question.

let gravatar imagelet ( 2019-10-18 13:21:55 +0200 )edit

Sorry for the double post, the web page hid my original post until after I posted it again. Right after I posted a second time, both responses were visible.


Thank you, I tried the system high contrast and the LibreOffice Accessibility option and that made the Spelling dialog box replacement easier to read. ...deleted

let gravatar imagelet ( 2019-10-18 18:41:27 +0200 )edit
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