Installing LibreOffice (with Irish interface)

These are the steps you need to take in order to install LibreOffice on your computer.

Step 1: Visit the LibreOffice site

Go to the following address: LibreOffice.

Step 2: Download

Select the button Download Now. The file, which is large(~200Meg), will start to download to the usual location for downloads on your computer.

Step 3: Installation

If the operating system language on your computer is set to Irish then installation is very straightforward. It is sufficient to follow the instructions for a standard ("typical") installation, and all will be fine.

However, if your operating system is not in Irish, you will need to execute what is termed a “custom installation”, which is a bit more complicated, in order for the interface to be in Irish.

  • The LibreOffice people believe that anyone who would want to have the application in Irish would already have the corresponding operating system in Irish. They take the system language as the standard language of the interface unless special measures are taken. However, we know that in Ireland this may not necessarily be the case. This is rather a pity; both Windows and Linux have been available in Irish for many years, so perhaps this is an occasion to switch over. Give it a try!
  • It is, however, advisable that the interface language be set to Irish if the intention is to use LibreOffice to write documents in Irish. If not, then further steps need to be taken in order to change the language of documents to Irish.
  • Please note that Irish cannot be selected as an operating language of documents until the appropriate tools are downloaded (separately) and installed.


> Installation when the Operating System is set to Irish

Select the downloaded file and press the button for a typical installation. Follow the steps presented, and the installation should complete normally, with the interface language set to Irish.

> Installation when the Operating System is not set to Irish

We assume here that English is the other language, so the following steps reflect this.

Step 1: Download the file from the LibreOffice site as mentioned above and here again, LibreOffice.

Step 2: Go to where on your computer downloaded files are stored.

Step 3: Clic on the downloaded file.

Step 4: Here is where you need to be careful - Select CUSTOM INSTALLATION, not TYPICAL.

Step 5: After a while you will see the following window:

Select Additional User Interface Languages.

Step 6: Select “Irish” as one of those languages. We recommend the second choice ("This feature, and all subfeatures, will be installed on local hard drive.")

Step 7: You are then invited to set LibreOffice as the programme for dealing with MS Office. If you already have MS Office on your computer then you should not change these settings.

Step 8: Is you do not have MS Office, it might be no harm to tick these boxes. To do so would mean that you would be telling your computer to use LibreOffice to open and save files that were generated originally with MS Office.

Step 9: Continue...

Step 10: ... until the end. You will see that the programme is installed.

Step 11: Unfortunately, further steps need to be taken. Even though you have selected Irish as the interface language, this was only added as a possible interface. It still needs to be implemented.

To do this, you need to go “Tools”, “Options”...

Step 12: Go to Language Settings > Languages... and select “Irish” in the appropriate boxes, as can be seen in the pictures below.

Step 13: When those steps have been taken, you need to close the application, and then open it again. Finally, the interface should be in Irish at this point. For some reason the headline applications’ names are still in English (first page), but within the application, the interface is correctly set to Irish.

If for some reason you wish to have the interface in English, you can easily set it so by following the same procedure outlined in the last steps above, but selecting Béarla/English as appropriate. You can also reselect Irish again, very easily, the same way.

LibreOffice - The Choice for Irish

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