Monday, January 15, 2007

Installing New Dictionary in OOo

Someone post a question in oooindo mailing list on how to install the Indonesian dictionary in application. I used to do this also, but since i have forgot, i tried to find the answer in the Internet and after i found the answer, i decided to post it also in this blog, just in case i forgot it in the future or perhaps it could be usefull for someone who needs this information also.

As you know, in the old version of OOo, we had to install the dictionary in OOo manually if we used a non-default language in OOo (for example we used Indonesian language in English Build of OOo), but in the current (and future) release of OOo, it has been changed into a built in dictionary installer called DictOOo which has been developed by Laurent Godard and which has many more features, and is more compatible, than the latest version of DictInstall.

To access DictOOo, choose the File > Wizards > Install new dictionaries.... It will open up a document (first picture) and from this document, you can choose which language dictionaries do you want to install. (Remember, you must be connected to the Internet to do this as it will download the files directly from Internet).

After the installation is completed, you must restart your OOo application (including QuickStarter if you installed it also) and then, you must choose the language you want to use in Tools > Options > Languages Settings > Writing Aids. Click on Edit button on Available Language Modules and choose the language that you have chosen to install previously (second picture). After that, you are ready to use the Indonesian dictionary which unfortunately is not updated anymore (anybody wants to contribute on this LinguiComponent project?)

Update (15 January 2007 09:49 AM): It's possible to do this installation manually, but you must download the packages directly from the Internet first. In Windows, you must put your extracted files into C:\Program Files\ 2.1\share\dict\ooo (in case you install OOo 2.1.0 and put it in the default directory) or in ~/.openoffice.org2/share/dict/ooo (~ means your home directory) if you are using GNU/Linux (Thanks to Justin Waruwu for his information).