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Spell-checker Falsely Claims No Spelling Errors in DocumentA

asked 2016-09-17 06:27:09 +0200

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I noticed a few days ago that none of the office suites on my computer (OpenOffice, LibreOffice and MS Office) would find misspelled words in my document. I test by intentionally misspelling a word, but the spell checker doesn't catch the misspellings. I've tried uninstalling and re-installing LibreOffice, but it still won't spell check the document, though it says it does so. I found that if I copy-and-paste the text of my document into an open, blank screen, then the automatic spell checker will flag spelling errors, but it won't flag misspellings if I open the document with the program. I originally created this document in OpenOffice, and it is an .odt file.

I uninstalled and re-installed LibreOffice. I also ran malware scanners on my system. I still cannot get the spell checkers to catch misspellings. Any ideas?

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answered 2017-12-10 07:37:19 +0200

Sha'Tara gravatar image

Even starting new docs as you suggest does not work. I use Ubuntu OS and I have the same problem: spell check returns no errors. I only find the errors if I copy and paste the document in a new Thunderbird email page. I've tried to find or reset dictionaries; tried to reset language between Canadian or US English - no results. No active spell check. Seems related to dictionaries not being accessed, or non-existent. How does one know if a dictionary is available?

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answered 2017-12-10 09:59:15 +0200

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  1. Read this tutorial.
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answered 2016-09-17 09:09:57 +0200

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When you start a new document from Windows Explorer (or file manager, that you use to browse your hard drive as opposed to the Internet) - right click in the files list, select New -> OpenDocument-text, you hit a bug in AOO and Libre - the new document doesn't properly set a language so spell checking doesn't work. That's why it probably also blocks spell checking in MS Office. The only workaround that I know is: start new documents with Libre or AOO open, from their menu or keyboard shortcuts.

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