I updated OpenOffice today and discovered that the spell checker wasn’t working. I know because I’m used to seeing a sea of red squiggles on my page. So either I just became a champion speller or more than likely there was something wrong with OpenOffice.
The strange thing is that when I switched to LibreOffice, same problem. Did that update also screw up LibreOffice or was it already screwed up and I didn’t realize it because I really don’t use it that much?
No matter, the solution was simple.
Click on Tools – Language – For all Text. And in my case, I clicked on English (Canada). And that’s it.
In LibreOffice, go to Tools then click on Automatic Spell Checking.
I don’t like the icon they use in front of this option because it’s a checkmark and could give the impression that it is already active. When you click on it, if it’s active, you should see a square border surrounding the “ab” icon.
The best way to check in both cases is to open a document and start typing. Misspell a few words on purpose. (I don’t have to try that hard.) 🙂