LibreOffice / OpenOffice configuration for Tibetan script support

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  1. Follow Preparing Computers for Tibetan Editing to setup your computer for Tibetan editing. (Install input method, fonts and correct display of complex scripts).
  2. Get the latest version of LibreOffice or OpenOffice for your platform.

Note: The recommendation is to use LibreOffice V.4.0 or newer. All techniques discussed on this page should also work with the latest OpenOffice versions.

LibreOffice configuration page 1

Configuration of LibreOffice

  1. Start LibreOffice
  2. Select Tools/Options/Language Settings/Languages and within "Enhanced Language Support" enable "Enabled complex text layout (CTL)". Complex text layout is required to be able to work with Tibetan Unicode fonts in LibreOffice.
  3. In the same dialog select as "Default Language" for "CTL" Dzongkha. Dzongkha (a language spoken in Bhutan that is related to Tibetan and uses the same script as Tibetan).
  4. Select OK. From now each font select dialog requires the definition of two fonts: one font that is been used for western texts (e.g. English) and one font that is been used for Tibetan.
  5. Select Tools/Options/LibreOffice Writer/Basic Fonts (CTL).
  6. Configure Jomolhari as your default Tibetan font. (Make sure that you actually have installed Jomolhari, it can be downloaded freely from Chris Fynn's website, see Jomolhari)
LibreOffice configuration page 2

First tests

If you have correctly followed Preparing Computers for Tibetan Editing, you should now be able enter English or Tibetan within LibreOffice by simply switching the input method of your Operating system.

  • In Windows, the TISE input method switches between English and Wylie-Tibetan when Shift-<space> is pressed.
  • In Linux use the Gnome-UIM applet, enable bo-wylie as input method.
  • With Mac OS-X select the Tibetan Wylie keyboard.

Editing texts


Additional Software: Tibetan formatting macros

You can also install the Tibetan Formatting LibreOffice Extension.

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