Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Pidgin 2.7 (and newer) with spell-check

Several years back I posted instructions on how to enable spell-check in Pidgin (then known as GAIM). Apparently it was hard to find these instructions elsewhere as Google ranked my original post in the top 10 results for searches on "pidgin spell check" and "gaim spell check".

For the benefit of those folks who still find there way here via Google, below are updated instructions for enabling spell-check in Pidgin 2.7 and newer.  Thanks to nascent for pointing out this change.

Shamelessly copied from the Pidgin FAQ
Versions 2.7.0 and newer use the dictionaries available from the openoffice download site. You need to download the appropriate language zip file(s) (files are in the form of two-character language code followed by a two-character country code - United States English is en_US.zip). Once you have downloaded the dictionary zip file, you need to extract it to \spellcheck\share\enchant\myspell\ (create the directories if they don't exist already). If Pidgin is running, it needs to be restarted for new dictionaries to be used.