The purpose of this tutorial is to show how to change the language in LibreOffice on a Linux system. Setting the language in LibreOffice will not only reflect changes in the menus of the application, but will also allow you to get auto correct recommendations in the target language, but these settings can be configured independently of each other. Follow the steps below to get started.
In this tutorial you will learn:
- How to change the configured language in LibreOffice
- How to install additional languages in LibreOffice
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How to change LibreOffice language step by step instructions
- Get started by opening LibreOffice. In this example, we will configure the language settings inside of LibreOffice Writer. However, the settings and menus look the same across all LibreOffice applications – Writer, Calc, Math, Base, Draw, Impress, etc. Alternatively, you can open the LibreOffice launcher, which will allow you to change settings across the entire suite of applications.
- In the application you chose to open, navigate to Tools > Options.
- Next, navigate to the Languages tab. You have options here to configure the language of the user interface, the locale, as well as the language for the document itself (mainly to get proper suggestions for auto correction). Note that you can also check the box at the bottom to apply the settings only to the current document.
- After you’re satisfied with the changes, click Apply and OK to exit the settings menu. LibreOffice will prompt you to restart the application in order for the changes to take effect.
If you need to enable spell check suggestions for a particular language, check out our other tutorial on How to enable language spell check in LibreOffice
Installing additional languages in LibreOffice
Don’t see the desired language in the menus we went through above? You have a couple of options to install the language that you need.
- First, you can manually install the desired LibreOffice edition from the official LibreOffice download page. This will allow you to select the language you need.
- Alternatively, most Linux distros should allow you to install individual language packs from the system’s package manager. For example, executing the following command on Debian or Ubuntu based systems will show dozens of different language packs that can be installed for LibreOffice.
$ apt search libreoffice
Find the one you need and then install it (for example, to install Italian language pack):
$ sudo apt install libreoffice-l10n-it -y
Once it is installed, go back and repeat the step by step instructions from the first section of the tutorial.
In this tutorial, we saw how to change the language in LibreOffice on a Linux system. This includes the user interface and menus, locale, and the spell check or document language for all applications in the LibreOffice suite. We also learned how to install additional language packs via system package manager, or download a dedicated version from the official website in the desired language.