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I am running the latest version of Ubuntu. Going back at least 3 versions and across updates and re-installations I have never and can still not get open office's spell check to work. This renders the package almost unusable.

So my question is 2 fold:

1) How can I get the spell check working or is it even possible

2) What is a good alternative that:

  • Has a working spell check
  • Converts in a one click process accurately and reliable to pdf
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Are the spell-checking options entirely absent from OpenOffice? Did you install OpenOffice using apt-get? Do you get an error if you try and initiate a spell-check by either keyboard shortcut or the menu item in the Tools menu? In Tools>Options>Language Settings>Languages, do you see a spell-check icon next to the languages in question? – ayan4m1 Nov 15 '10 at 0:35
I ma running the openoffice thatt ships with Ubuntu ASFAIK – Ash G Nov 15 '10 at 8:40
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Go to Options->Language Settings->Languages and choose UK or U.S. English. The spell checker is available for only few varieties of English. For e.g. I had selected Indian English once and spell-check was not functioning. If you want to use a third party spell checker, then you can go for this: After the Dead Line. It is very powerful.

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thanks Nixnotwin, I thought OO.o didn't have this capability at all by itself, I had selected Indian English and I was not working, Now UK English and works fine. – Gaurav Butola Nov 15 '10 at 5:49
I had English Philippines set for some reason. Switching to English US worked. Thanks – Ash G Nov 15 '10 at 8:42

I have never had any troubles with OO. Make sure you have the package language-support-en installed (if you need support for other languages, you can find them as language-support-xx where xx is the countrycode).

I know these packages install some extra stuff that you might not need (such as interface translations), but they make sure you have all that you need.

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