Issues with finding and replacing characters in Indic, Southeast Asian, and right-to-left languages

Finding and replacing characters or words in Indic, Southeast Asian, and right-to-left languages in Microsoft Office programs presents special challenges because of contextual shaping, word-breaking rules, and diacritical marks in many of these languages. Some search features in Microsoft Office do not work with some languages.

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Indic languages

Indic languages, such as Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, and Telugu, might not be compatible with every search option in Microsoft Office. For example, the Match case and Find whole words only options do not work for scripts in these languages. However, these options can still be used to find matching Latin characters in the same document.

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Southeast Asian languages

Southeast Asian languages, such as Thai and Vietnamese, might not be compatible with every search option in Microsoft Office. For example, the Match case and Find whole words only options do not work for Southeast Asian characters. However, these options can still be used to find matching Latin characters in the same document.

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Right-to-left languages

Find-and-replace features search text in the order in which the text is entered in the Search box, instead of the order in which it is displayed. Therefore, you can search for strings of right-to-left text, regardless of the direction (direction: Specifies the reading order, alignment, and/or visual appearance of right-to-left text and documents, regardless of the keyboard language. Direction also describes how the user interface, controls, and other screen objects are oriented.) of the paragraph. You can also search for matches of characters with or without kashidas (kashidas: Special characters used to extend the joiner between two Arabic characters. Used to improve the appearance of justified text by visually lengthening words rather than increasing the spacing between words. Can also function like a hyphen.) (Arabic only), Alef Hamzas (Alef Hamzas: A single Arabic character that represents the two-character combination Alef plus Hamza.) (Arabic only), or diacritics (diacritics: Markings that are printed above, below, or next to a character that indicate how to pronounce it.), such as the Hebrew niqqud. For a list of ASCII and Unicode character codes, see Insert ¢, £, ¥, ®, and other characters not on the keyboard.

For more information on right-to-left features in Office 2010, see Right-to-left language features.

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Applies to:
Access 2013, Excel 2013, OneNote 2013, Outlook 2013, PowerPoint 2013, Project Professional 2013, Project Standard 2013, Publisher 2013, Visio 2013, Visio Professional 2013, Word 2013, Access 2010, Excel 2010, OneNote 2010, Outlook 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Project 2010, Publisher 2010, Visio 2010, Word 2010