When I try to write an accent (spanish in my case) in Libre Office, it just won't write it. I know everything else is fine since I can write accents on other programs (i.e my console). What is curious is that I can write accents (í ó ú) until I click somewhere else, lets say, I open firefox or I do something in KUbuntu. Then, if I start working in LibreOffice again, I can't write accents anymore.

So, if this is a bug, where should I report it?

  • On Ubuntu 14.04 KDE the solution was editing /etc/default/locale and change LANGUAGE to pt_PT.UTF-8 keeping all the other values and rebooting. – fometeo Oct 13 '15 at 9:39
  • I was having thins problem on KDE Neon, using e_CA.UTF-8 and fr_CA.UTF-8 locales, and the Canadian multilingual keyboard. Launching Libreoffice from the command line gave me these warnings: I18N: Operating system doesn't support locale "" I18N: Operating system doesn't support locale "en_US" I don't have any idea what the en_US locale has to do with accented characters, but building the en_US ISO-8859-1 locale fixed the problem for me (I had only built en_US.UTF-8). To do this on a debian or ubuntu based distro, run dpkg-reconfigure locales and select en_US ISO-8859-1 as well as any other lo – bradmont Aug 6 '19 at 17:04

The issue is discussed here: https://askubuntu.com/questions/451840/accents-stop-working-all-of-a-sudden-in-libreoffice . It does seem to occur when combining a few different packages. Therefore the LibreOffice bug tracker is probably not the best place, but the bug tracker of your distribution.

There exists a bug here as well: https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=71437

The solution proposed there

unset XMODIFIERS && libreoffice

was the one which worked for me on kubuntu. I also had to generate the locale en_US (libreoffice printed an error message that it did not exist).


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