How to turn off smart quotes in Libre Office Writer

To turn off smart quotes in Libre Office Writer, so that the double quote character is shown in the document as ” — exactly as you typed it — and doesn’t get converted into something curly:

  • Go to Tools > Autocorrect Options
  • Select the Localized Options tab
  • Click the button under Start Quote. If you’re using the Basic Latin character set, scroll all the way to the top of the character set display and click the ” box (third box from the top left row, next to the !). If you are using some other character set try searching near the top of the set for the ” character.
  • Click OK
  • Click the button under End Quote. Scroll all the way to the top of the character set display and click the ” box (third box from the top left row, next to the !)
  • Click OK
  • Click OK

Smart quotes are now off for the document that you’re working on. They will also be off for any new documents that you create, including spreadsheets and files created by other Libre Office applications.

To get rid of smart quotes already in a document:

  • Highlight any start smart quote and copy it (Ctrl-C or File > Copy)
  • Select Edit > Find & Replace
  • Paste the smart quote into the Search for box
  • Type ” in the Replace with box
  • Click the Replace All button
  • Click Close
  • Repeat these steps using a copy of the end smart quote
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9 thoughts on “How to turn off smart quotes in Libre Office Writer

  1. Thanks for these instructions. My problem is that I followed it and it replaced all of the “ ” quotes in my documents with ” ” quotes, which I suppose is the idea. What I’d like to do is keep the “ ” quotes, but get rid of the space that autocorrect just started adding behind the startquote and behind the endquote for inexplicable reasons. I’ve unchecked the two boxes that say “add non breaking space before specific punctuation marks in French text”, but that didn’t help. Do you have any advice?

  2. When I work with a given style but start a paragraph in quotes, the font size changes and I want to punch a hole in my computer screen.

    These word processors are always doing something automatically for you.

    The world needs a WYSIWYG word processor, probably impossible.

  3. In your article straight quotes has been converted to closing curly quotes… Seems this is a problem it is hard to escape from.

  4. While it works for me, it messes up quotations in the French language which are unique to the language. I’m working on the preparation dual language eBooks where basically the first paragraph is in French, and it is immediate followed by the English translation. I would like to get rid of the smart quotes only in English.

  5. A huge THANKS. The curly, directional quotes have been a source of great irritation for me for a long time, to where I considered ditching LibreOffice Writer altogether, not only because i do not like the look of the curly quotes but also because they do not transfer to such essential platforms as Microsoft Notepad and web-based e-mail compose pages.– only the raw code does, or an “unknown character” symbol appears, either of which I then have to go and replace with regular, normal quotes, throughout the document.

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