A short post this one — but as I had to work this issue out for myself, thought I’d share with the web community. The spell check in my Open Office writer program would not work – I even deleted my current version and installed the latest/greatest.  I was blaming it on Windows Vista (a regular scapegoat for me these days). It turns out that the Language settings for Australia are amiss.  If you are Australian and asking why isn’t spell checker working — dig down to the Language settings and make sure they are set to Default, rather than Australian.  For spell checking, use UK English. There! Good deed done for the day.  If there’s a better place to post this, lemme know.