im using version 1.1.5 from 2003 lol, mine is set up ok for me but im pretty new to OOo so cant really comment. i just accepted the defaults and started to use it. as a convert from Micro$oft office its taking a little getting used to (little things like inserting a picture in a document and changing the page to landscape) have proved to be a challenge.
i have changed the settings to UK in the tools/options/language settings/languages page but havent had the chance to check it out yet.
cant offer any advice im afraid, at least it will bump you back up again.