I am running LibreOffice (Version on Mac OSX and would like to change the spellcheck language for all slides. How can I set this for the whole document.

The common advice that I found online suggests to go to Tools->Options->language settings. This dialog does not seem to exist though ...

Screenshot of the Tools Menu


Seems like it is a bug see https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/libreoffice/+bug/980467. I think the only workaround is to mark the text on the slides individually and select "format" -> character and there select the language you want.

Hope this is fixed soon.

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  • It's a while ago, but I think that is what I ended up doing. – Lucas Mar 20 '13 at 13:10
  • Bug still exists, at least on LibreOffice 4 or, running on Windows 8.1, as of 26 June 2016. Hopefully they fix it. – Gabriel Staples Jun 27 '16 at 0:56

The feature

(available in 5.3 at least)

Set language in libre office impress

Making the language visible

For all text → More... and set Locale setting to French (France).

Not sure I had to, but before that I also downloaded the french dictionary via More Dictionaries Online..., then import it as described here: Tools → Extension Manager → Add...

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  • Yes, from my experience it's necessary to add a new dictionary as an extension. – Matthias Braun Dec 7 '18 at 19:59

Since the paragraph setting for language overrides the default which you set via preferences or on the tool menu, or even for an individual slide, you're forced to change the language for each paragraph.

There is a quick way which seems to work:

  • Switch to the outline view (menu View/Outline)
  • ctrl-A to select all text
  • right click for the popup/context menu (but don't have the mouse over the selected text!)
  • choose "Character..."
  • select the language from the ComboBox.

It seems to me (I hope a developer is reading...) that the paragraph language should only be needed if the paragraph has a different language from the rest of the presentation, but currently the paragraph language is set for each paragraph as it is created.

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