InDesign CS6 | HunSpell dictionaries

Back in  CS5.5, InDesign added support for open-source Hunspell dictionaries to verify spelling and hyphenation.

In InDesign CS6, HunSpell is the default dictionary provider. Several dictionaries are shipped with the software, but you can also download additional spelling and hyphenation dictionaries from the OpenOffice website.

Using Hunspell to verify spelling and to hyphenate words, you are no longer limited by the number of languages shipped within the product. Dictionaries for over 90 languages are available for integration at the Open Office website. Several other sites also provide Hunspell dictionaries. You can download language dictionaries of your choice and add them to InDesign CS6.

InDesign CS6 Dictionary Preferences (Edit > Preferences > Dictionary)

InDesign CS6 Dictionary Preferences (Edit > Preferences > Dictionary)

To view the instructions, from within the product, click HunSpell Info in the dictionary preferences dialog box.

The instructions are also available at

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  1. #1 by Nathan Wells on July 3, 2012 - 3:01 pm

    It is wonderful that Adobe chose to allow Hunspell dictionaries with InDesign. However it is unfortunate that Adobe has failed to follow the international Unicode standard of using the U+200B character as a zero-width space, separating words in languages that have no “real” spaces between words (like Khmer and Thai). It would be such an easy change in the Hunspell API (especially since every other product that uses Hunspell recognizes U+200B as a space separating words). This failure has limited the use of Hunspell dictionaries in Adobe InDesign. Hopefully in the future, this issue will be resolved (I have already tried to open a ticket with Adobe, but they would not pursue the issue).

    Thanks for your article,
    Nathan Wells

  2. #2 by Chansiri Meelaodee on April 1, 2014 - 1:14 pm

    Thank you both of you. Great article and great information. I am Thai. I know that Thai language is not famous. It must be the reason that they don’t improve Thai support well since the beginning.

    We used to have some thai developer make good add-on for Thai on OS9. The Hyphen function was great, even compare with built-in Thai of Indesign CC (unbelievable but true. Most Thai Graphic designer love it.

    But it was gone forever. That so sad.

    I hope Adobe will add more support to Thai language soon.

    • #3 by uschi on May 1, 2015 - 1:14 am

      We need to lay out Thai literature in Indesign CS6 for Windows. Word separation is the biggest issue. Do you know anything that will actually work? Has Adobe improved Thai support over the last year?

      Thanks much.

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