LibreOffice Writer spellcheck not working


A document that has obvious spelling mistakes is opened in LibreOffice Writer. When spellcheck is performed, it reports that The spellcheck is complete and there are no spelling errors.


This problem seems to be something related to the language settings in LibreOffice. I was able to get it to perform a spellcheck correctly by explicitly changing the language in the document.

To do this, choose Tools > Language > For all text > English (USA). Writer immediately showed spelling errors with red squiggles and running spellcheck showed up these mistakes for correction.

If you want spellcheck done in some other language, then choose Tools > Language > For all test > More. In the Locale Setting dropdown, choose the language you want. It will now be added to the list shown in Tools > Languages > For all text. Choose it there for spellcheck in that language.

Tried with: LibreOffice Writer and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

5 thoughts on “LibreOffice Writer spellcheck not working

  1. It only fixes the problem if you want to spell in US English. What if you are from the UK or SA or AUS one of the many other English speaking countries?


    1. John: You can add UK or Aus English by choosing More > Locale setting in the same menu. See my updated post above 🙂


  2. This still does not work. I’ve turned it on and off,
    Also not finding exactly that path you prescribed.
    Version: (x64)
    Build ID: ea7cb86e6eeb2bf3a5af73a8f7777ac570321527
    CPU threads: 2; OS: Windows 6.1; UI render: default;
    Locale: en-US (en_US); Calc: group

    OS: win 7 sp1

    Got the exact same problem on my linux mint machine, a line of command copied and run has cured that.

    Got the exact same problem on a prior version, I have upgraded libreoffice no changes.

    Given a line of trash ;lkjl;kjj the writer will not find errors.


  3. This is driving me mad
    cannot get the uk spell check to work
    Tried all the above.
    How is this a problem now as I’ve used OO for years.

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