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Firefox spell-checker keeps defaulting to Hebrew and have a bunch of languages I didn't install on the list. I can manually switch to English every text box, but this is not really practical. Are there any settings to this damn thing?

I just installed ubuntu 12.10, with the latest Firefox.

Firefox spell-checker keeps defaulting to Hebrew and have a bunch of languages I didn't install on the list. I can manually switch to English every text box, but this is not really practical. Are there any settings to this damn thing? I just installed ubuntu 12.10, with the latest Firefox.

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cor-el
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That is probably an issue with Ubuntu that adds a lot of dictionaries by default.

What is the value of the general.useragent.locale pref (en-US) and the spellchecker.dictionary pref (en-US)?

The first sets which Firefox locale is currently installed and selected and the latter which dictionary is selected.
If the dictionary changes after a restart then an extension maybe changing that value.

You can try to copy the related line from prefs.js in the Firefox Profile Folder to a user.js file.

If you do not keep changes after a restart then see:

That is probably an issue with Ubuntu that adds a lot of dictionaries by default. What is the value of the general.useragent.locale pref (en-US) and the spellchecker.dictionary pref (en-US)? *http://kb.mozillazine.org/about:config The first sets which Firefox locale is currently installed and selected and the latter which dictionary is selected.<br /> If the dictionary changes after a restart then an extension maybe changing that value. *https://support.mozilla.org/kb/Troubleshooting+extensions+and+themes You can try to copy the related line from prefs.js in the Firefox Profile Folder to a user.js file. *http://kb.mozillazine.org/user.js_file If you do not keep changes after a restart then see: *http://kb.mozillazine.org/Preferences_not_saved

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My locale and spellchecker.dictionary are set to en-US, and I have no extensions that can affect it in any way (all the extensions I have are ones I used for a very long while over a bunch of different computers, never had this problem). The language setting is not per Firefox restart. it's per text-box. I can change it individually for the current textbox by right clicking and changing the language, but in the next one it will again be set to Hebrew.

My locale and spellchecker.dictionary are set to en-US, and I have no extensions that can affect it in any way (all the extensions I have are ones I used for a very long while over a bunch of different computers, never had this problem). The language setting is not per Firefox restart. it's per text-box. I can change it individually for the current textbox by right clicking and changing the language, but in the next one it will again be set to Hebrew.
obiza 0 solutions 3 answers

exact same issue here except my Firefox is defaulting to en-US dictionaries. as with OP, i'm on an en-GB system however my firefox only came with the en-US dictionary pre-installed. I downloaded the en-GB dictionary ( https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/british-english-dictionary/?src=api ) but I see no option to to set it as the default in the right click context and depressingly there are no options i can find for the dictionary inside the firefox general options, addon options or anywhere.

Is the dictionary really such an inflexible feature?

exact same issue here except my Firefox is defaulting to en-US dictionaries. as with OP, i'm on an en-GB system however my firefox only came with the en-US dictionary pre-installed. I downloaded the en-GB dictionary ( https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/british-english-dictionary/?src=api ) but I see no option to to set it as the default in the right click context and depressingly there are no options i can find for the dictionary inside the firefox general options, addon options or anywhere. Is the dictionary really such an inflexible feature?
odoketa 0 solutions 1 answers

This is happening to me on a mac. Same everything, though - language is set on a textbox by textbox basis, default in about:config is english, but the French dictionary is the one that comes up. I manually installed the French dictionary - previously it had been English only, which had worked great. Now everything is assumed to be French

This is happening to me on a mac. Same everything, though - language is set on a textbox by textbox basis, default in about:config is english, but the French dictionary is the one that comes up. I manually installed the French dictionary - previously it had been English only, which had worked great. Now everything is assumed to be French