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American English "Curly quotes" conversion for LibreOffice and OpenOffice

Screenshot: "curly" menu

When post-editing existing text, Writer’s auto-formatting feature can convert the typewriter keyboard’s “straight” quotes and apostrophes into typographic “curly” ones. However, this works only for paragraphs assigned the “default” paragraph style and, depending on the document language, for the quotation marks once set.

The “curly quotes” extensions convert quotes, apostrophes, dashes and ellipses between different language-dependent styles, whatever the document or system language. You can also convert the typographic glyphs back to the “typewriter” style if desired. This works regardless of the paragraph style you set.

You can install several language variants in parallel. Use the exchange format to convert quotation marks between different languages.


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System requirements

Download and install

Download the variant that matches your Office installation:

LibreOffice 6+ variant (curly_en-US-L-3.2.2.oxt)

Apache OpenOffice 4.x variant (curly_en-US-A-3.2.2.oxt) 3.x variant (curly_en-US-3.2.2.oxt)



See the instructions for use

Get updates

This extension supports the update mechanism of OpenOffice/LibreOffice. You can let the Extension Manager check for updates from time to time to get the latest release.


OpenOffice Extension Compiler by Bernard Marcelly.


This extension is distributed under the MIT License.