Writing Aids

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Specifies the properties of the spellcheck, thesaurus and hyphenation.

Choose Tools - Options' - Language Settings - Writing Aids'

Available Language Modules

Contains the installed language modules.

A language module can contain one, two or three submodules: Spellcheck, hyphenation and thesaurus. Each sub-module can be available in one or more languages. If you click in front of the name of the module, you activate all the available sub-modules simultaneously. If you remove a set mark, you deactivate all the available sub-modules simultaneously. If you wish to activate or deactivate individual sub-modules, click the Edit button to open the Edit Modules dialog.

Note.png The configuration allows for two different directories: one folder where the user has write permissions, and one without write permissions. The user can only edit and delete the user dictionaries that are located in the writable path. Other dictionaries can be read only.

Edit

To edit a language module, select it and click Edit. The Edit Modules dialog appears.

User-defined dictionaries

Lists the available user dictionaries. Mark the user dictionaries that you want to use for spellcheck and hyphenation.

New

Opens the New Dictionary dialog, in which you can name a new user-defined dictionary or dictionary of exceptions and specify the language.

New Dictionary

In the Dictionary section you can name a new user-defined dictionary or dictionary of exceptions and specify the language.

Name

Specifies the name of the new custom dictionary. The file extension "*.DIC" is automatically appended.

Language

By selecting a certain language you can limit the use of the custom dictionary. By selecting All the custom dictionary is used independently of the current language.

Exceptions (-)

Specifies whether you wish to avoid certain words in your documents. In this way, you can create a custom dictionary of all the words to be avoided. If this exception dictionary is activated, during spellchecking you receive a corresponding note about any words which should be avoided.

Edit

Opens the Edit custom dictionary dialog, in which you can add to your custom dictionary or edit existing entries.

In the Edit custom dictionary dialog you have the option to enter new terms or edit existing entries. If you edit an exception dictionary, the dialog has the added facility of defining an exception for a word. During the spellcheck this exception is then listed as a suggestion.

When a dictionary is edited, a check is made on the status of the file. If the file is write-protected, it cannot be changed. The buttons New and Delete are then deactivated.

Book

Specifies the book to be edited.

The IgnoreAllList (All) includes all words that have been marked with Ignore during spellcheck. This list is valid only for the current spellcheck.

Note.png The IgnoreAllList entry cannot be selected and cannot be deleted. Only the words included as content can be deleted. This happens automatically each time that LibreOffice is closed.

Language

Assigns a new language to the current custom dictionary.

Word

You can type a new word for inclusion in the dictionary. In the list below you will see the contents of the current custom dictionary. If you select a word from this list it is displayed in the text field. If you type a word with a trailing = character, such as "AutoComplete=", the word is never automatically hyphenated and no hyphenation is suggested. Typing "Auto=Complete" results in the word being hyphenated, or a hyphenation suggested, where you insert the = sign.

You can use a [] block instead of the = sign to specify character changes before the hyphenation break. Possible character changes: (1) Extra characters, for example tug[g]gumi results the correct hyphenation “tugg- gummi” of the Swedish word “tuggummi”. (2) Character removing specified by a digit, for example paral·[1]lel results correct hyphenation “paral- lel” of the Catalan word “paral·lel”, removing one character before the break point. (3) Both removed and extra characters, for example cafee[2é]tje results correct hyphenation “café- tje” of the Dutch word “cafeetje”, removing two characters before the break point, and adding an extra one.

Suggestion

This input field is only available if you are editing an exception dictionary. The field shows the alternative suggestion for the current word in the "Word" text box.

New

Adds the word in the Word text field to your current custom dictionary. The word in the Suggestion field is also added when working with exception dictionaries.

Options

Defines the options for the spellcheck and hyphenation.

Edit

If you want to change a value, select the entry and then click Edit. You will see a dialog for entering a new value.

Check uppercase words

Specifies that capitalization is checked during spellcheck.

Check words with numbers.

Specifies that words that contain numbers as well as letters are to be checked.

Check special regions

Specifies that special regions, such as drawing text, are checked during spellcheck.

Check spelling as you type

Automatically checks spelling as you type, and underlines errors.

Typing errors are highlighted in the document with a red underline. If you place the cursor over a word marked in this way, you can open the context menu to obtain a list of corrections. Select a correction to replace the word. If you make the same mistake again while editing the document, it will be marked as an error again.

To place the word pair in the AutoCorrect replacement table, open the AutoCorrect context menu and choose AutoCorrect. Make your selection from the submenu. The word is replaced and at the same time the word pair is placed in the replacement table.

Minimal number of characters for hyphenation

Specifies the minimum number of characters required for automatic hyphenation to be applied.

Characters before line break

Sets the minimum number of characters of the word to be hyphenated that must remain at the end of the line.

Characters after line break

Specifies the minimum number of characters of a hyphenated word required at the next line.

Hyphenate without inquiry

Specifies that you will never be asked for a manual hyphenation. If the field is not marked, when a word is not recognized you will be presented with a dialog for entering hyphens.

Hyphenate special regions

Specifies that hyphenation will also be carried out in footnotes, headers and footers.