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In Windows 7 and 8, the following keyboard shortcuts exist when both left-to-right and right-to-left languages are installed:

  • Ctrl+Right Shift sets the text direction to right-to-left.
  • Ctrl+Left Shift sets the text direction to left-to-right.

This is a problem because they conflict with the standard Ctrl+Shift+ and Ctrl+Shift+ shortcuts. (These are used to select the next/previous word, respectively.)

Besides removing the right-to-left languages from the system, is there a way to disable these shortcuts?

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Which word processors? The keyboard shortcuts for left align and right align are usually Ctrl + L and Ctrl + R, respectively. – iglvzx Mar 15 '12 at 16:31
Notepad, for instance, although I would rather categorize it as self-inflicted pain rather than a word processor. – Jonas Byström Sep 19 '12 at 10:54
Is the RTL switch happening also when you have active En (English - United States) keyboard? – miroxlav Jul 29 '15 at 17:24

Go to Control Panel -> Clock, Language, and Region -> Language -> Advanced settings -> Advanced Key Settings -> Change Key Sequence... and change the settings to Not Assigned

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