Issue 98694 - No longer able to define a custom dictionary path
Summary: No longer able to define a custom dictionary path
Alias: None
Product: General
Classification: Code
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: OOo 3.0
Hardware: PC Windows XP
: P3 Trivial with 3 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Keywords: oooqa
: 113121 (view as issue list)
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Reported: 2009-02-01 08:40 UTC by fween3
Modified: 2013-02-07 22:34 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Issue Type: FEATURE
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Description fween3 2009-02-01 08:40:29 UTC
When I started using OOo 2.0 on my Win XP Pro PCs three years ago I:

-- set up a custom dictionary
-- moved it to a shared directory to make it (and documents relying on it)
accessible from all the PCs on my network
-- then added the shared directory to the entry for:
Tools > Options > > Paths > Custom Dictionaries

However from OOo 2.4 onwards (tried 2.4 and 3) it appears that the Custom
Dictionaries path setting has been removed. In other words I have to put my
custom dictionary in the default local directory.

Obviously this makes it much more inconvenient to share OOo documents on a
network and I am wondering...

1) Why was the ability to specify custom dictionary directories (via the GUI)
removed? (Tools > Options > > Paths > Custom Dictionaries)

2) Are there any plans to reinstate the ability to specify custom dictionary
directories from within the OOo GUI? I certainly would appreciate this very much.

3) In the meantime, is there a simple way to make OOo 3 use my existing custom
dictionary in addition to the other installed dictionaries? (eg by changing
config files / registry, adding an extension...)
Note my custom dictionary was created in OOo 2.0 and needs to be stored outside
of the OOo directory structure so that I can share it with other PCs (my
documents are going to be moved to a NAS server soon).

Note - I use Win XP Pro SP2 logged in as Adminstrator.

PS - This is the first time I have posted an issue and I have tried my best to
adhere to the guidelines - searched to see if a similar issue has already been
raised, tried to be as clear as possible in my explanation of the issue, etc. I
apologies in advance though in case I have posted the issue incorrectly!
Comment 1 fween3 2009-02-01 08:49:21 UTC
My mistake, the custom dictionaries path option in OOo 2.0 was actually: 

Tools > Options > > Paths > User-defined dictionaries (not Custom

Note that in OOo 2.0 one could only specify one user-defined dictionary path. It
would be much more useful to be able to specify multiple paths (eg one local,
one on a file server). I can see that in OOo 3 this is already possible for
other path settings.
Comment 2 Regina Henschel 2009-02-01 13:23:21 UTC
It is a valid request, to wish to be able to configure the wordbook path in the
UI. Therefore I set it to "new".

"Why" questions do not belong into the issue. Use the mailing lists and forums
for questions, Some of your questions are
answered in issue 80286 and issue 70333.

A feature request should describe the feature itself and what general benefit
such a feature has.

It is a overall problem, which settings should be possible in the UI and which
are only possible in the configuration files, and it is a overall problem, which
settings are needed by everyone and which are only needed by power users and
administrators. This should not be discussed in the issue itself, but in the
ui-project and the related ux-project Currently you have to edit the Paths.xcu files to get
the desired settings.
Comment 3 thorsten.martens 2009-07-29 09:42:06 UTC
-> requirements: please have a look, thanks
Comment 4 eric.savary 2010-07-13 12:08:46 UTC
*** Issue 113121 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 5 thomas.lange 2010-07-14 08:38:03 UTC
Adding me to CC list.