[Solved] OpenOffice Writer: every word underlined in red

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[Solved] OpenOffice Writer: every word underlined in red

Postby bethlehem » Thu Jun 08, 2017 5:25 pm

I've been having a problem that just started, that every word I type in Open Office Writer is underlined in red....as if they're all misspelled. How do I fix this? I've been using Open Office Writer for 2 years now and this has never happened.
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Open Office Version 4.1.3 on Windows 7
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Re: open office writer: every word underlined in red

Postby FJCC » Thu Jun 08, 2017 5:34 pm

Please see here: Spell Check not working
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Re: OpenOffice Writer: every word underlined in red

Postby steveh » Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:39 pm

I had this same problem on my system. It was because of a corrupt file in my user profile. (Specifically %appdata%\OpenOffice\4\user\uno_packages. This has dictionaries in it.)
To reset the uno_packages folder:

1) Close down OpenOffice all the way (all windows of it).
2) Go to %appdata%\OpenOffice\4 > rename the user folder to userOLD.
3) Restart OO Writer, then shut it down again. This re-populates the user folder.
4) Rename the user folder to userNEW.
5) Rename the userOLD folder to user (reinstating your old profile).
6) Copy the folder "uno_packages" from userNEW to user (overwrite the corrupt folder).
7) Open an OO Writer file to verify the problem is fixed.
8) Delete userNEW.

This fixed my problem. I have several computers with OpenOffice on them, and they all started having the issue around the same time in 2017. I don't know what caused it, but now at least it can be fixed.
OpenOffice 4.1.5 on Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
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Re: OpenOffice Writer: every word underlined in red

Postby hiilei » Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:17 pm

I registered on this forum just so I could thank you, steveh! Great CLEAR instructions - solved my red underlining of every word in OpenOffice Writer. Thanks!!! :D
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Re: [Solved] OpenOffice Writer: every word underlined in red

Postby wesleytong » Fri Dec 28, 2018 1:52 pm

Me too, registered on this forum just so I could thank you, steveh! You're brilliant! Thank you again!
Open Office 4.1.5, Windows 10
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Re: [Solved] OpenOffice Writer: every word underlined in red

Postby TheBlackFedora » Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:50 pm

Just like the previous two replies, I also registered on this forum to say a big Thank You to steveh.

Clear instructions. Direct and to the point.

Thanks for taking the time to post this.
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Re: [Solved] OpenOffice Writer: every word underlined in red

Postby lenbh » Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:38 pm

Perfect. Thanks, steveh!
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Re: [Solved] OpenOffice Writer: every word underlined in red

Postby Eddurd » Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:23 pm

I confirm that this works with version 4.1.5. Thanks!
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Re: [Solved] OpenOffice Writer: every word underlined in red

Postby DFH » Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:25 pm

Thank you, Steve. Works great!!!!
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