Are Khmer Unicode characters displaying incorrectly in OpenOffice?  When you use a Khmer spelling checker do squares show up intermingled with Khmer script?  The problem is the default GUI font does not contain all the characters of the Khmer Script.

1) To fix the display problem go to Tools>Options…>OpenOffice .org>View and uncheck “Use system font for interface”.

2) Then go to Tools>Options…>OpenOffice .org>Fonts and check “Apply replacement table”. Type “Andale Sans UI” in the box under “Font” (it isn’t in the list) and then select a font that contains a full Khmer character set under “Replace with” (we recommend using the Khmer SBBIC System font).

3) Click the green tick mark.

4) Then go to Tools>Options…>>View and make sure that “Use system font for user interface” is NOT checked and click “OK”

Then (if needed) re-boot OpenOffice and it all should look great!

Also, if you see gray spaces between words (they are non-breaking spaces), just click on the “View” menu and choose “Field Shadings” to disable them (or Ctrl+F8).

តើ តួ​ពុម្ពអក្សរ​យូនីកូដខ្មែរ ត្រូវ​បាន​បង្ហាញ​មិន​បាន​ត្រឹម​ត្រូវ​មែន​ទេ​នៅ​ក្នុង OpenOffice របស់​លោកអ្នក? នៅ​ពេល​ដែល​លោកអ្នក​ប្រើ ឧបករណ៍​ពិនិត្យ​អក្ខរាវិរុទ្ធ​ខ្មែរ ដើម្បី​ពិនិត្យ​អត្ថបទ តើ លោកអ្នក ឃើញ​មាន ប្រអប់​ការេ បង្ហាញ​លាយ​ជា​មួយ​អក្សរ​ខ្មែរ ទេ?
បញ្ហា​នេះ​បន្ទាល​មក​ពី​លក្ខណ​ទូ​ទៅ​របស់​ប្រភេទ​ពុម្ពអក្សរ GUI (default GUI font)ដែល​មិន​មាន​នូវ​តួអក្សរ​ខ្មែរ​គ្រប់​ទាំង​អស់។

១) ដើម្បី​ដោះស្រាយ​បញ្ហា​ការ​បង្ហាញ​អក្សរខ្មែរ​មិន​បាន​ត្រឹម​ត្រូវ​សូម ទៅ​កាន់ Tools>Options…>>View រួច​សូម​ដក​សញ្ញា​ធីក​ដើម្បី​មិន​ជ្រើសរើស នូវ “Use system font for interface”។

២) បន្ទាប់​មក​សូម​ទៅ​កាន់ Tools>Options…>>Fonts រួច​គូស​ធីក​សំរាប់ “Apply replacement table”។ ​វាយ​ “Andale Sans UI” ទៅ​ក្នុង​ប្រអប់​ខាង​ក្រោម “Font” (វា​មិន​ស្ថិត​ក្នុង​តា​រាង​នោះ​ទេ) ហើយ​បន្ទាប់មក​ជ្រើសរើស ប្រភេទ​អក្សរ​មួយ​ដែល​មាន​តួអក្សរ​ខ្មែរ​មួយ​ពេញ​លេញ​ដែល​ត្រូវ​បាន​ដាក់​ខាង​ក្រោម “Replacement with” ( Khmer SBBIC System ល្អ​ប្រើ)។

៣) សូម​ចុច​លើ សញ្ញា​ធីក​ពណ៌​បៃតង។

៤) បន្ទាប់​មក​សូម​ទៅ​កាន់ Tools>Options…>>View ហើយ​សូម​បញ្ជាក់​ថា “Use system font for user interface” មិន​ត្រូវ​បាន​គូស​ធីក​ជ្រើស​រើស រួច​ហើយ​សូម​ចុច “OK”។ រួច​សូម re-boot OpenOffice (ប្រសិនជា​ចាំ​បាច់) ហើយ​អត្ថបទ​ភាសាខ្មែរ​របស់​លោកអ្នក​នឹង​មើល​ទៅ​ប្រសើរ​ជាង​មុន។

ផង​ដែរ​នោះ បើសិន​លោកអ្នក​ឃើញ​ចន្លោះ​ពណ៌​ប្រផេះ​រវាង​តួអក្សរ​សូម ចុច លើ “View” menu ហើយ​ជ្រើស​រើស “Field Shadings” ដើម្បី​បំបាត់​នូវ​ចន្លោះ​ទាំង​នោះ(ឬ​ក៏​លោក​អ្នក​អាច ចុច Ctrl និង F8)។

7 Comments. Leave new

  • yes this helped greatly. Just a little annoying on this end.. looking at all those boxes between words..

  • Robert Headley
    December 5, 2011 9:10 pm

    I am having a terrible time trying to use Khmer in open office. I think I did everything that you have suggested here, but I still get​ មោ instead of the way it should look. Do you have any suggestions about how to fix this? Many thanks.
    Bob Headley

    • Hi Bob,
      I hope I can be of some help. I don’t fully understand the problem you are having – as មោ rendered correctly on my computer. Can you type Khmer Unicode in other applications (like Notepad if you are in Windows)? Something else you can try in OpenOffice is enable CTL [Complex Text Layout] support (Tools->Options… and then click on the plus next to Language Settings and then click on Languages and click the enabled for complex layout checkbox. Then you can choose Khmer in the drop-down list next to CTL. Also, it might be a font issue, so make sure you are using a font like Khmer OS when you are typing. And once you enable CTL support (if it isn’t already) you can choose a default font for Khmer by going to Tools->Options-> Writer and clicking on Basic Fonts (CTL) and choose a Khmer font that you would like to use as the default whenever Khmer is typed (I probably should add this part to the tutorial). Let me know if that works, and if not, we can explore other options. – Nathan

  • Dear Sir or Madam,

    I’m using Microsoft Office 2010 (English Version), I wonder that the Khmer Spelling Check work with Ms. Office or Not.
    If not, when will it exist.

    Thank you.

    • Sorry Vibol,
      At this time we do not have a spelling checker that works with Microsoft Office – we hope to have one in the future, but I cannot say when it will be available.

  • hi i am nit i have a little problem pleas you help me,i want to download khmer unicode os but i can’t down load it


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