OpenOffice 3 British English Thesaurus

Posted on March 30th, 2009 by whinger. Filed under Tech.

I’ve been persuading friends and family that using OpenOffice is going to save the planet and all the fluffly ikkle animals and everything.

I’ve been using the Novell-sponsored go-oo version (from because it seems to have better compatibility with the MS stuff as well as being quicker and generally more fluffy-ikkle-animal-friendly; however it looks like something they’ve done has caused the British English thesaurus to break. I’m assuming it’s Go-oo’s fault because the standard OO install on Harry’s machine (on the next desk) is fine.

Anyway, after some hours of searching the web for a solution (all of which seemed to be based around editing a file which no longer exists in oo3) for now I’ve packaged up my own extension based on the stock en-gb dictionary and PaulH’s thesaurus from

Apparently this could also be useful if you don’t like the fact that the British English thesaurus in ooo actually points at the en_US version anyway…

So here it is. Just install it and restart OO, that should do it. Let me know if it’s broken.

Edit: to install (assuming that just opening the file doesn’t work) go to Tools->Extension Manager in OpenOffice, click “Add” and navigate to wherever you saved the file!

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66 Responses to “OpenOffice 3 British English Thesaurus”

  1. Omi Says:

    Thank you! I’ve been hours trying to sort this out. Worked with Ubuntu 13.04 raring, on libreoffice Will put a link to your blog on Google+ Ubuntu community. Thanks again!

  2. SimonB Says:

    Happy New Year!
    Still most useful in 2014!
    Thank You soooooo much for solving a peculiar irritation! I had a working thesaurus and then perhaps due to updating software it disappeared.
    After much annoyance I gave up but then last night in a fit of perseverence I came upon your site!

    Here’s to the revolutionary spirit of Open Source!

  3. Bionic Nell Says:

    I came across this link via this and it worked for me on Ubuntu 12.04 LibreOffice Version I downloaded the link and installed it in Tools -> Extension Manager -> Clicked Add and the Thesaurus popped up and clicked Close button. Highlighted my word and pressed Ctrl+F7 and it showed up. Many thanks! 🙂

  4. Daniel Ashby Says:

    Thanks for this it’s a shame this is still required six years later.

  5. Hillbilly Says:

    Ditto and not impressed.

  6. aerostace Says:

    Thanks whinger. Works on LibreOffice supplied with Linux Mint 17.2 (Cinnamon 64-bit)

  7. myklmar Says:

    Soooooo pleased to finally have found this!
    Thank you so much.

  8. myklmar Says:

    Oh! Forgot to say:
    Works with Libreoffice 5. (Mint 17.1)

  9. jack Says:

    thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  10. SG Says:

    Excellent – very helpful in 2017! Works perfectly on Ubuntu 16.04 and Mint 18.1.

  11. Steve Says:

    Thank you so much. Crazy that in 2018 There still isn’t an ‘official’ GB Thesaurus. Works perfectly in Libreoffice.

  12. Matt Says:

    Just spent ages trying to get a UK thesaurus on LO (September 2020) – this was the only fix I found (Trisquel 8) THANK YOU! 🙂

  13. Stuart Band Says:

    Works like a charm for Ubuntu 20.04

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  15. Mk2Wrinkly Says:

    Thank you for making this information available. It works a treat with LibreOffice and Mint 21.1.

  16. SG Says:

    Still works in 2024 with Libre Office on Ubuntu 22.04!

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