OpenOffice - Enabling a spell/Grammar Checker under Writer

September 2017


Despite the fact that both "Spelling and Grammar" Checker are proposed in Writer, the suite (OOo) comes only a spell checker (nothing is intended to check out the Grammatical errors).
Fortunately, solutions exist.

Free solutions


  • LanguageTool is an extension of Open Office, it is a free utility, which can check grammar and spelling.
  • Go to the official website:
  • Click on Get It! to download the LanguageTool-1.0.0.oxt extension:
  • Run Writer.
  • Go to Tools/Extension Manager ...
  • Click the Add button:
  • Select the downloaded file.
  • Click the Open button.
  • Enable the extension all computer users
  • LanguageTool will be installed in your extensions.
    • You can take the opportunity to remove all dictionaries installed by default(those which are of no use to you).
    • Click on Check for updates ... to update the remaining extensions:
    • For security,reboot after installing this extension.
    • To start the correction, go to Tools / Spelling and Grammar (F7) ...
    • The proposals of grammatical errors highlighted in blue, unlike spelling corrections that will be highlighted in red:

This utility is far from being failproof, but it however allows you to perform some basic adjustments.

Online solution

There are sites such as allowing a correction of a text with a simple Copy/Paste.
Major drawback: the non-confidentiality of your data, when using the free services.

proprietary software

There are efficient software that work seamlessly with OOo.
  • Antidote
  • Cordial 2010

Learn more:Spell Checkers and proofreading.


Published by jak58. Latest update on June 23, 2010 at 08:54 AM by jak58.
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