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I have been trying to use English-UK thesaurus in LibreOffice but so far cannot get it to work. I have installed mythes-en-us as only it was available in repos. As suggested in some forums I searched for openoffice.org thesaurus, but again US version was available. As a result I can't enable thesaurus when I choose English UK:

LibreOffice Prefs 1

LibreOffice Prefs 2

As instructed elsewhere I tried this:

cd /usr/share/myspell/dicts
sudo ln -s th_en_US_v2.dat th_en_GB_v2.dat
sudo ln -s th_en_US_v2.idx th_en_GB_v2.idx

Still the result is same as shown in above screenshots.

What can be done now?

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i am trying to create a more general question on the matter (askubuntu.com/q/223557/47206) but my question was closed as duplicate of this here. could you edit yours so as to make it applicable to other languages too? then i could leave mine closed and add more answers here –  cipricus Dec 2 '12 at 22:45
    
@Tom Brossman, please see above comment. also, could you consider editing this one in this respect, or otherwise vote to reopen mine? –  cipricus Dec 2 '12 at 22:47
    
@cipricus I only learned enough about this issue to produce the below answer. I don't know how to improve it to make it more general. I agree that a more general answer would be best, so please edit mine if you know how. I also just voted to re-open the other one (now showing 4 of five needed votes), if that is best for you. –  Tom Brossman Dec 3 '12 at 6:41
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Here's what worked for me. I found most of these steps in this blog post, credit to the author for figuring this out.

  1. Download the spelling/hyphen/thesaurus dictionaries you want from LibreOffice's extensions download page.
  2. Install them in LibreOffice Tools -> Extension Manager -> Add and then close LibreOffice.
  3. sudo apt-get install libmythes-1.2-0 hunspell
  4. sudo apt-get install mythes-en-us hunspell-en-us
  5. cd /usr/share/mythes/
  6. sudo ln -s th_en_US_v2.idx th_en_GB_v2.idx
  7. sudo ln -s th_en_US_v2.dat th_en_GB_v2.dat
  8. Open LibreOffice Writer and go to Tools -> Options -> Language Settings -> Writing Aids.
  9. Verify the new thesaurus is selected, then from Writer test it by pressing Ctrl + F7 to bring up the thesaurus dialogue.

Language settings with new thesaurus

Functioning UK thesaurus dialogue

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this should be set as definitive answer –  cipricus Nov 30 '12 at 20:26
    
For Australian English, use sudo ln -s th_en_US_v2.idx th_en_AU_v2.idx and sudo ln -s th_en_US_v2.dat th_en_AU_v2.dat. –  Sparhawk Nov 9 '13 at 4:12
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  • For English-UK, the correct answer is in Mik's

I am posting this answer for other locales:

So:

  • For French, go here to get the French dictionary and install in LibreOffice Writer in Tools-Extensions manager. (The spelling works before installing that, but synonyms context menu does not).
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