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.
Creating, opening, and saving right-to-left documents
Creating new documents
File compatiblity with previous versions
Working with right-to-left text
Formatting text and paragraphs
You can do any of the following with right-to-left text:
Changing document views or text direction
You can do any of the following:
- Change the direction of text in a section.
- Change the direction of text in a paragraph and set the paragraph alignment for horizontal and vertical text.
- Change the column direction of text.
- Change the table direction of text.
- Have Microsoft Word display the vertical scroll bar at the left side of the document window and the ruler on the right side of the document window.
Using right-to-left spelling and grammar tools
- Microsoft Word checks the spelling of right-to-left text the same way it does left-to-right text; you do not need to perform a separate spell checker routine for each language. In addition, you can set options for checking spelling in each right-to-left language.
- Look up words in the Arabic or Hebrew thesaurus.
Working with columns
Working with tables
In Microsoft Word, tables work as follows with right-to-left features:
- The initial table direction is set according to the paragraph direction at the insertion point.
- Rows in tables are either all right-to-left or left-to-right.
- When inserting and deleting columns within a table, columns shift according to the table direction.
- When converting text to a table, the table direction is set according to the paragraph direction of the selected text — for example, when you convert Arabic text to a table, the table direction will be right to left.
- Borders and cell references are mirrored for right-to-left and left-to-right tables with the language and direction mirrored for each — for example, R1C1 (Row 1, Column 1) is at the top right for right-to-left tables and at the top left for left-to-right tables.
Finding and replacing right-to-left characters
Microsoft Word provides several options that are specifically used for finding strings of text that contain right-to-left text. In addition, when finding and replacing text, you can match control characters, diacritics, alef hamza, kashida.
Using Click and Type
If you are working in a right-to-left document, Click and Type will follow the direction of your text, just as it does when you are working with left-to-right text.
Working with macros
Working with right-to-left numbers and dates
- Choose a date format used in a particular language.
- Choose the type of calendar used to calculate dates.
- Specify the format for month names and numerals.
- Add quotation marks to Hebrew numbers.
- Change page numbering and number formats in right-to-left documents.
- Sort a list or table according to the rules of another language.
- When sorting text, set options for right-to-left text. For example, select Ignore alef lam or Ignore he to prevent Microsoft Word from sorting words starting with alef lam or he.
Switch the keyboard language