I am running the latest LibreOffice( on a Windows box. I've created a new document and have spelling mistakes in it, but spell check isn't working. When I open my older documents, spell check works and shows me the typos in them. When I press F7 in the document I created, here is what I see:

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I've tried to set the text language option, but the drop down box isn't activated. When I check the document options, I see the default US english settings. How can I fix this? PS: I've attached two screenshots below of my settings enter image description here This image shows the status bar I see. I've tried to set the language, but the field seems to be disabled.

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    What is the Text Language shown in the bottom of the window? Also, what does Tools -> Options: Language Settings - Writing Aides show? – Jim K Sep 29 '16 at 13:06
  • @JimK: I've attached relevant screenshots. – user1801060 Oct 14 '16 at 14:40

Change the language of the document: Tools -> Language -> For all text -> English (USA).

for all text

This should change the Text Language shown in the bottom of the window.

text language

For future new documents, go to Tools -> Options -> Language Settings -> Languages.

language settings

  • For future reference. I downloaded a Google Doc as .odt and opened it up in LibreOffice. The language was set to (en) instead of English(USA). I had to select all the text and use Tools -> Language -> Selection ... to get the language changed. – Ron Jensen Jan 27 '18 at 18:05

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