About right-to-left editing and display

The feature or some of the options described in this Help topic are only available if support for right-to-left (right-to-left: Refers to keyboard settings, document views, user interface objects, and the direction in which text is displayed. Arabic and Hebrew are right-to-left languages.) languages is enabled through Microsoft Office Language Settings.

In general, all edit fields in an item have the same right-to-left capabilities. Right-to-left editing rules are the same whether fields use the Rich Text edit control (control: A graphical user interface object, such as a text box, check box, scroll bar, or command button, that lets users control the program. You use controls to display data or choices, perform an action, or make the user interface easier to read.), which provides formatting capabilities, or the system (System: A setting for controls and other options that derives its value from the Microsoft Windows operating system.) editor, a simple text editor.

Context editing and display

Microsoft Outlook applies context (Context: A reading order and alignment setting that is commonly used in controls that display text. When you select the Context setting, the reading order is determined by the first strong character (not a numeral or special character) that you type.) rules that govern the reading order (reading order: The visual order in which characters, words, and groups of words are displayed. English and most other European languages are displayed in left-to-right order and Hebrew, Arabic, Persian, and Urdu are displayed in right-to-left order.) of text and how it is aligned according to its control type. Controls can support either plain text, Rich Text or HTML editing modes. Context determines the default text 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.) setting when applied to either of the following rules:

ShowContext rules in an item's header controls

The reading order and alignment of the header field text of messages, appointments, contacts, and journal entries follow context determination rules. If the first strong character (strong characters: The character set that makes up a particular language, such as vowels and consonants. Punctuation and special characters are not considered to be strong characters.) is left-to-right (left-to-right: Refers to keyboard settings, document views, user interface objects, and the direction in which text is displayed. English and most other European languages are left-to-right languages.), reading order will be left-to-right and alignment will be to the left. If the first strong character is right-to-left, reading order will be right-to-left and alignment will be to the right. If only neutral characters (neutral characters: Characters that do not have strong right-to-left or left-to-right language attributes. Numerals are an example of neutral characters.) are typed, the reading order and alignment will follow the paragraph 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 header control (which could be left-to-right or right-to-left) until the first strong character is typed. Any time you change the first strong character from left-to-right to right-to-left or from right-to-left to left-to-right, the reading order and alignment will change accordingly.

 Note   Using CTRL+SHIFT (LEFT or RIGHT) to change reading order and alignment will not work if there is a strong character in the control, but it will work when the control is empty or it contains neutrals. Using ALT+SHIFT (LEFT or RIGHT) to change reading order will work all the time.

ShowContext rules in edit controls of Table view

When the global text direction (Global text direction: Defines the flow of text in text entry boxes and edit controls. You can choose a left-to-right or right-to-left direction, or base the direction on the context of the first strong character that is detected.) is set to Context, Outlook displays text in the columns of Table view following its own context determination rules — for example, when the first strong character (strong characters: The character set that makes up a particular language, such as vowels and consonants. Punctuation and special characters are not considered to be strong characters.) of the text is left-to-right (left-to-right: Refers to keyboard settings, document views, user interface objects, and the direction in which text is displayed. English and most other European languages are left-to-right languages.), the text will be displayed with left-to-right reading order. When the first strong character of the text is right-to-left (right-to-left: Refers to keyboard settings, document views, user interface objects, and the direction in which text is displayed. Arabic and Hebrew are right-to-left languages.), text will be displayed with right-to-left reading order. When the text contains only neutral characters (neutral characters: Characters that do not have strong right-to-left or left-to-right language attributes. Numerals are an example of neutral characters.), it will be displayed in left-to-right reading order. Alignment in all cases will follow the alignment set for the individual columns. Clicking any text to edit it will take you to edit mode, if you have selected this option.

 Note   While editing in Table view with global text direction set to Context, you can use CTRL+SHIFT (LEFT or RIGHT) to change the reading order (reading order: The visual order in which characters, words, and groups of words are displayed. English and most other European languages are displayed in left-to-right order and Hebrew, Arabic, Persian, and Urdu are displayed in right-to-left order.) and alignment in edit mode.

Display of right-to-left text in messages

 
 
Applies to:
Outlook 2003