LTS Spellchecker

The LTS Spellchecker is a… wait for it… spellchecker! It was created by Learning and Teaching Scotland, based on Roy Wentworth’s spellchecker and will correct about 200,000 different Gaelic words.

Microsoft Office 2003-2010 (on Windows)

This version was designed especially for Office 2003 but will also work, on some PCs anyway, on Office 2007 and 2010. So far we have not hear of a way of making it work on Office 2013. Now, what you need to do is grab the installation file and execute that once you got it (double click).

You then have to do the following: Once you’ve written your text, select the bit you want to check (or all of it, CTRL+a is your friend), and then click Tools » Language » Set Language:

Dearbhair LTS

Where it says Mark selected text as, choose Gaelic (Scotland):

Dearbhair LTS

The click OK. This will tell Word that your text is in Gaelic (normally it will assume you’re writing in English by default). If you now right-click on a word with a red underline, you will see the spelling suggestions:

Dearbhair LTS

This also works in PowerPoint but in a slightly different way. Write something and go to Tools » Language:

Dearbhair LTS

And where it say Mark selected text as, pick Gaelic (Scotland):

Dearbhair LTS

LibreOffice/OpenOffice

Dòmhnall (Sealgair) MacDhòmhnaill did a version of this that works in LibreOffice/OpenOffice (if you don’t like the one that comes bundled with it that is). Click on this link and then on Download extension. LibreOffice or OpenOffice mus be already installed or this won’t work. If either is installed, LibreOffice or OpenOffice will then offer you to install it:

Dearbhair LTS

To avoid conflicts between the two spellcheckers, it probably makes sense to remove the Dearbhair Beag from LibreOffice or OpenOffice by clicking on Innealan (Tools) » Manaidsear nan leudachan (Extensions Manager) » Thoir air falbh (Remove):

Dearbhair LTS

Mac OS X

Again, Dòmhnall (Sealgair) MacDhòmhnaill has gone to the trouble of doing a version that works on OS X. It’s easy on Snow Leopard (10.6) and newer systems, all you need to do is grab this file, click on it and mount it. If you’re on an older system, check out Donald’s website where he has a workaround for older systems.

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