How can I exclude US spellings from spellchecks of a UK English document?

LibreOffice Writer - dictionary problem.

I’ve managed to get UK English dictionaries and thesauruses installed, but for the life of me I can’t get the American spellings excluded in a spell check.

So if I have two words:

color colour

side by side, both are marked as spelled correctly. Now, I love America but sometimes when writing for a UK audience I really need the spell check to only allow UK spellings through.

As best I can tell I only have UK dictionaries installed. LibreOffice locale is en_GB. Language of the document is set to English UK. I’ve grepped for ‘color’ in all the dictionaries I can find, and I’m pretty sure it doesn’t exist as a word in its own right. (It’s in the en-GB dictionary as part of words like ‘coloratura’, but that’s fine for UK English.)

And yet, it’s still marked as spelled correctly. So is ‘colour’. ‘Colur’, however, quite correctly gets a red squiggle, so obviously the spell check is working.

Does anyone know how to exclude American spellings from a spell check while keeping UK ones?

Many thanks


I can’t reproduce your problem on my LibO running under Linux-Mint Mate 17. For me color is incorrect with English (UK) specified, as it is on this web browser. Colour is incorrect on US-English, and both incorrect with French.
If in doubt, people often suggest resetting the profile to see whether this helps. Details of how to do this are scattered through the forum, for example Writer freezes when I try too use the format menu. What can I do?. Remember to take a backup first.

You don’t say what operating system you are using, in case there is an OS dependency with your problem… sorry to not help further… Peter

Hi shinyford

I cannot reproduce your issue (LO- en_GB.UTF-8 under Debian 6.0).

It is normally a setup issue. Unfortunately, there are 2 things to check in (ultimately) 4 different places.

Here’s a simple step-by-step:-

  1. As petermau suggests, Reset your Profile (Q59016)
    (it is non-destructive + easily reversible)
  1. Check your languages:

    (menu):ToolsOptions...Language SettingsLanguages

    (it may help if your UI+Locale are identical to the doc language, but should make no difference)

    (the important issue is the ABC + blue ✔ within Default Languages for Documents)

    (the ABC + blue :heavy_check_mark: says only that the language can be spell-checked, not that it will be)
  2. 2nd Check for Language:-


    (all 3: For Selection, For Paragraph, For all Text)

    (needs to be the same for all 3)

If at the end everything looks sane, then you have added those American spellings to your local dictionary.

If this helps then please tick the answer (:heavy_check_mark:)

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