Change paragraph direction

The features 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 are enabled through Microsoft Office Language Settings. To enable right-to-left features, you must be running a Microsoft Windows operating system that has right-to-left support.

Do one of the following:

ShowChange global text direction settings

  1. In the main Microsoft Outlook window, on the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Right to-Left tab.
  2. Do one of the following:

 Note   When you change 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.) setting, it will affect the edit fields of items opened after you change the setting; it will not affect the text direction of the edit fields of items already open.

ShowChange paragraph direction by using shortcut keys

Do one of the following:

 Note   You cannot use CTRL+SHIFT to change reading order and alignment if there is a 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.) in the 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.) — only when the control is empty or 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.).

ShowChange paragraph direction by using the mouse.

  1. Place the insertion point somewhere in the paragraph that you want to change, or select several paragraphs.
  2. On the Formatting toolbar, do one of the following:
    • Click Left-to-Right to have text begin on the left side of the paragraph.
    • Click Right-to-Left to have text begin on the right side of the paragraph.
Applies to:
Outlook 2003