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How to set up LyX under Windows to use it for Lithuanian


  1. Install LyX for Windows
  2. In the Windows installer don't forget to select to install the spell checker for "Lietuviu".
  3. If LyX was installed while an Internet connection was opened, the package lithuanian was automatically installed. If not, install it using MiKTeX's Package Manager. (Alternatively, dev-texlive/texlive-langlithuanian worked fine under Gentoo / Sabayon linux.)

Problems with default settings

By default LyX uses the TeX fonts to create the PDF output. The disadvantage is that these fonts cannot handle Unicode. Therefore your document might look good if you have for example used the Latin Modern fonts but if you copy text in the PDF and paste it to a text editor you will see that for example "Rytų Prūsijoje" is pasted as "Rytu Prusijoje". This is because Latin Modern does not contain the characters that include accents.

The solution is to use non-TeX fonts. To do this check in the menu Document→Settings→Fonts the option Use non-TeX fonts. The default font delivers already a nice and correct result but you are of course free to choose another font.


  • If you are using Linux, you must NOT have a "littex" package installed on you computer! You must have only „texlive-lang-lithuanian“ package.
  • In the LyX versions LyX 2.1.x, 2.2.0, 2.2.1 and 2.2.2 there is a bug that by the wrong encoding is used by default. Therefore documents are uncompilable. To fix this, choose in the menu Document→Settings→Language either the encoding Baltic (ISO 8859-4) or Baltic (CP 1257).

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