I removed OpenOffice.org and installed LibreOffice about a month ago. LibreOffice cannot spell-check and i would like to go back. However Ubuntu gives me dependency problems and I cannot reinstall the OOO suite.

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    I had the same issue when I installed LibreOffice via the PPA. Try installing the hunspell package (whichever language you need) - that should at least get LibreOffice working again.
    – Fern Moss
    Apr 7, 2011 at 4:49
  • You may also try to get spell-cecking fixed by using Open Office modules
    – Takkat
    Apr 7, 2011 at 7:02
  • LibreOffice can do spell checking.
    – Oli
    Apr 7, 2011 at 9:38
  • yes thanks but i still would like to solve the dependency problems and reinstall OOO
    – sterz
    Apr 7, 2011 at 13:24

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1 - Firstly, go to the OpenOffice website: http://download.openoffice.org/other.html and download the Linux .deb file.

2 - Once you have done that, extract the .deb file, OOo_3.3.0_Linux_x86_install-deb_en-GB.tar.gz then you'll see a file called OOO330_m20_native_packed-1_en-GB.9567

3 - You can remove the existing version of OpenOffice if you wish with this command:

sudo apt-get remove openoffice*.*

4 - Copy and paste OOO330_m20_native_packed-1_en-GB.9567 onto the desktop then open Terminal and paste this command:

sudo dpkg -i ~/Desktop/OOO330_m20_native_packed-1_en-GB.9567/DEBS/*.deb

5 - Then paste this command:

sudo dpkg -i ~/Desktop/OOO330_m20_native_packed-1_en-GB.9567/DEBS/desktop-integration/openoffice.org3.3-debian-menus_3.3-9556_all.deb

Once you've done that you'll find OpenOffice 3.3.0 in Office.

If you want to remove LibreOffice then the command to copy and paste into Terminal is

sudo apt-get remove libreoffice*.*

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