Do you write in multiple languages? Tired of fumbling with long ways of changing the language to indicate to the spell checker which dictionary to use? OpenOffice.org 2.4 adds three new ways to select the language for easier use:
- The status bar
- The context menu for misspelled words
- The Tools > Language menu
Context menu for misspelled words
Right click on any misspelled word to bring up the context menu. Then, choose the language for the selection or for the paragraph.
The language options in this menu are not shown unless the selected word is misspelled.
The status bar
At the very bottom of the OpenOffice.org window, the current language is displayed in the center of the status bar. To change the language of the current paragraph, right click on the name of the current language.
The Tools > Language menu
Click on Tools and then on Language. In addition to changing the language for the selection and for the paragraph, this option (unlike the above) allows you change the language for all the text.
The traditional ways
In OpenOffice.org 2.4, you can still use the traditional ways to change the language. The easiest way is:
- Highlight the appropriate text
- Click Format > Character
- Click the Font tab
- Choose a language from the drop-down menu
To set the language for the whole document or for a paragraph style, consult the built-in OpenOffice.org help. Really, it's good. :) Press F1, go to the index, and lookup languages;selecting.
- OpenOffice.org 2.4 features and enhancements
- Issue Tracker issue 1035: Language setting for typed text should be set to current input locale (keyboard setting) (Windows only, targeted for version 3.0)