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November 16, 2010

Adding additional dictionaries to Live Writer

Filed under: Live Writer, Spell check, Wave 4 — Tags: , , — Aaron Bregel @ 1:56 PM

While Windows Live Writer only will spell check in one language at a time, you can add additional dictionaries so you can check your blog post for spelling errors beyond the language in which you installed Live Writer.  Currently there are 33 base languages that you install a dictionary for (see the table at the bottom of this post).  Some dictionaries support differences depending on how words are spelled in that country, for example, the English dictionary will spell check words for United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada.

To add an additional dictionary for Live Writer you need to install the language setting for Windows Live that you would like to use.  In your Windows Control Panel select Clock, Language, and Region.  Here you will see Windows Live Language Setting.  Click to run this application and then select the location for the dictionary you want to install.  This will run the setup program so complete the install.  When it is done you need to go back into the Windows Live Language Setting application and select the language that you originally installed.  This will run a very quick setup program.  If you do not do this, when you run Live Writer it will show your entire user interface (UI) in the new language you pick and not the original one you installed.  You can repeat this process to add as many dictionaries as you need.

Windows Control panel   Windows Live language setting in Windows control panel

After you have installed the new dictionary you can set it as the default or switch dictionaries in the Options dialog.  Drop down the Blog accounts drop down and select Manage Blog accounts. In the Options dialog select Spelling and then you can select from the list of installed dictionaries. Below shows the English and Spanish dictionaries installed.

Windows Live Writer options dialog


List of dictionaries you can install for Windows Live Writer

Language Language ID
Arabic ar
Basque eu
Bulgarian bg
Catalan ca
Croatian (Latin) hr
Czech cs
Dutch nl
English en
Estonian et
Finnish fi
French fr
German de
Greek el
Hebrew he
Hungarian hu
Italian it
Korean ko
Latvian lv
Lithuanian lt
Malay ms
Polish pl
Portuguese (Brazil) pt-br
Portuguese pt-pt
Romanian ro
Russian ru
Serbian (Cyrillic) sr-cyrl-cs
Serbian (Latin) cr-latn-cs
Slovak sk
Slovenian sl
Spanish es
Swedish sv
Turkish tr
Ukrainian uk


  1. Thanks!!!! I was almost about to give up. I don’t think they could have done better job hiding this setting.

    Comment by Lukas Nevosad — November 29, 2010 @ 4:41 AM

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  3. Very helpful! Thanks so much.

    Comment by J. Gary Ellison — January 13, 2011 @ 6:46 PM

  4. Thank you so much for the help.

    Comment by skybax — January 31, 2011 @ 1:08 AM

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  7. Simply thank you, gracias. Hours of copying and pasting from Word to Writer because I write on both english and spanish.

    Comment by Mauricio Sougarret — April 18, 2011 @ 7:54 PM

  8. Cool idea but a shame for Microsoft since the procedure takes a while (since Live Essentials 2011 need to be downloaded again and installed again for the language to add – repeat this for each language you like to add 😉 – setting the UI back to the original language is much faster)

    There should be a simpler way for just adding a dictionary 😉 (Btw, Windows Live Mail 2011 comes with tons of spell checker languages “pre-installed” ^^)

    But thank you very much for this guide!

    Comment by Harald-René Flasch — June 2, 2011 @ 5:27 AM

  9. Great information…you’ve saved me hours of work and research. Thank You!

    Comment by DougMcLaren — June 16, 2011 @ 12:32 PM

  10. thank you brother for this useful way

    Comment by amassine — July 7, 2011 @ 11:04 AM

  11. Still trying to figure out the procedure under Windows XP.

    Comment by Luis — November 6, 2011 @ 4:48 AM

    • I am not sure if this will work with the XP version. That was Wave 3. I worte this post with the Wave 4 version in mind that works with Vista or later.

      Comment by Aaron Bregel — November 27, 2011 @ 10:11 PM

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