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In abiword, how can I set the default spell-check language for new documents to Spanish?

I'm running version 2.8.2 on Ubuntu/Gnome

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You need to edit this file:


Search for


and change it to


You should see the new default language for new documents the next time you start Abiword.

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First close Abiword, then:

cd /usr/share/abiword-{your version}/templates/

mv normal.awt normal.awt.old


cp normal.awt-{your language} normal.awt

Start Abiword


cd /usr/share/abiword-3.0/templates/

mv normal.awt normal.awt.old

cp normal.awt-es_MX normal.awt

Start Abiword!

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