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    Default Thesaurus not working in OpenOffice

    I just realized my Thesaurus function is inactive. Ctrl F7 does nothing, and on the pull down menu Tools>Language the Thesaurus option is greyed out.



    I went to Tools>Options>Writing Aids and under the Language Modules, Thesaurus is listed but no dictionary box to click. No sub module listed under Thesaurus.

    There a spell check dictionary listed and marked -- Hunspell Checker.



    When I go to the OOo extension page I see no Thesaurus files to download?


    How can I get the Thesaurus working as without it Writer is going to be pretty useless. I am using the GB dictionary.



    I tried upgrading to OOo 3.1 but that hasn't helped either.

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    Well I got it working but it only works if you set the page to US English. It seems that there is no thesaurus for UK English which I find unbelievable

    How is OpenOffice to be taken seriously if it doesn't even have a thesaurus for UK English? Sorry rant over.
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    Your frustration pales - I am livid.
    Having to tweak and fiddle simply to get GBE going after every update and every revision is totally absurd, ridiculous & really embarrassing for a piece of software that's supposed to be universal, professional and competitive.
    This Kafkaesque joke has been going on for many years.
    No-one inside oo appears to be willing to provide a simple, user-friendly solution.

    I'm having a running fight @ openoffice-issues with some oo numpties about this. They say it's nothing to do with them but the way oo is packaged. It may well be technically correct that opensuse, ubuntu etc. do not package oo correctly and leave BE users without a working thesaurus.

    I am not convinced that blame should rest entirely on the many packagers who make the same 'mistake'. They are required to disable some parts of a file and enable other parts of the same file - because BE & USE share the same dictionary/thesaurus. That's the core issue. And that's an oo issue. No other language has that - not even Canadian English. These oo numpties won't do anything to resolve the defect which, I think, could be solved very easily.

    The solution could be quite simple: Split BE&USE grammar tool files and provide them separately. If that was done then 'bad packagers' such as opensuse and pretty much everyone else would not make the same 'mistake'.

    For the love of humanity please can someone fix this!! It's dead easy!
    I just do not get why oo people refuse to make life simple for the end-user.
    I volunteered to help with that myself - somehow I don't think that's going to happen!
    There are many post-install fixes available on-line to resolve something oo should have fixed at source about five years ago...

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    It's the former colonists' revenge - now, if you were Bulgarian or Portuguese or even Nepali, you would have no problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sem101 View Post
    For the love of humanity please can someone fix this!! It's dead easy!
    I just do not get why oo people refuse to make life simple for the end-user.
    Packagers for 11.2 need to take some blame too on OOO: they packaged the version that corrupts the file when saved in Word format and you've used a table in the document. This was a serious setback when I moved from 11.1 to 11.2. And yes, if everyone used OOO, this wouldn't be an issue, but such is not the reality of life today: I need to be able to save docs to Word format to make a living.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sem101 View Post
    Your frustration pales - I am livid.
    Having to tweak and fiddle simply to get GBE going after every update and every revision is totally absurd, ridiculous & really embarrassing for a piece of software that's supposed to be universal, professional and competitive.
    This Kafkaesque joke has been going on for many years.
    No-one inside oo appears to be willing to provide a simple, user-friendly solution.

    I'm having a running fight @ openoffice-issues with some oo numpties about this. They say it's nothing to do with them but the way oo is packaged. It may well be technically correct that opensuse, ubuntu etc. do not package oo correctly and leave BE users without a working thesaurus.

    I am not convinced that blame should rest entirely on the many packagers who make the same 'mistake'. They are required to disable some parts of a file and enable other parts of the same file - because BE & USE share the same dictionary/thesaurus. That's the core issue. And that's an oo issue. No other language has that - not even Canadian English. These oo numpties won't do anything to resolve the defect which, I think, could be solved very easily.

    The solution could be quite simple: Split BE&USE grammar tool files and provide them separately. If that was done then 'bad packagers' such as opensuse and pretty much everyone else would not make the same 'mistake'.

    For the love of humanity please can someone fix this!! It's dead easy!
    I just do not get why oo people refuse to make life simple for the end-user.
    I volunteered to help with that myself - somehow I don't think that's going to happen!
    There are many post-install fixes available on-line to resolve something oo should have fixed at source about five years ago...
    Since OOo are saying it's a packaging problem, I opened a bug report (bug 576443) for this in Novell's bugzilla in which I referenced this thread and the one you commented in on the OOo bug tracker.

    Feel free to add your comments to the bug report and hopefully something will get done about the bad packaging.
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