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How do I have more than one dictionary [closed]

asked 2016-11-17 19:08:08 +0100

SCV Chaplain gravatar image

In my writings, I use multiple languages and styles. I would like to have more than just the English dictionary to rely upon.

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answered 2016-11-19 23:17:14 +0100

ajlittoz gravatar image

And do not forget to set the language for your paragraphs in Font tab, drop-down menu Language in the paragraph style definition dialog. For correct spell check, it is necessary to declare the language in which a paragraph is written. This means you need one (at least) paragraph style per language.

Exceptions in paragraphs (i.e. words in a different language) are handled through character styles to divert spell check to another dictionary.

See a longer explanation in my answer to this question.

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Defining separate styles for different languages is an overkill, IMHO, as the text language changes automatically when you switch your input language.

gabix gravatar imagegabix ( 2016-11-20 13:28:53 +0100 )edit

Yes if you write in a single language and this language is the same as the OS one (the most frequent case among LO users). No if you are writing multi-lingual documents where each run of text must be checked against the correct dictionary. In multi-lingual documents, I include technical ones, where math, equations, ... must be "escaped".

In Tools->Options, Languages Settings->Languages, you already play with 3 languages: UI, locale and default for document, not counting Asian and CTL

ajlittoz gravatar imageajlittoz ( 2016-11-20 16:41:40 +0100 )edit

answered 2016-11-17 21:17:55 +0100

floris v gravatar image

Run the install program again, then select Custom install instead of Full install, then select all languages that you want dictionaries for.

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answered 2016-11-18 07:30:05 +0100

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Go to, find necessary dictionaries and install them.

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gabix gravatar imagegabix ( 2016-11-18 07:31:52 +0100 )edit

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