I received a word document that was probably created on a machine with some sort of right-to-left locale (e.g. Middle East). All text is in English but editing it is a pain. However, I can't figure out how I can switch the direction to left-to-right in Word 2007. The directions here are not helping since I can't find the "Views" button or tab that I am supposed to click as described under "Set right-to-left text writing". So how do I switch? Thanks!
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Word left-to-right/right-to-left handling (LTR/RTL) works on two levels: the paragraph level, which can be controlled by right-clicking on the paragraph and choosing the appropriate direction (right-to-left, or left-to-right); and the run level.
Consider the following sequence of letters:
This is an example of an LTR run. If we are using an RTL language, even though the sequence of letters is the same order, the text should be displayed in reverse, as a RTL run.
When we add netural characters -- characters that don't have rules about whether they are displayed as LTR or RTL -- we have to explicitly define the direction of the run:
When typing, Word manages setting the run direction automatically based on the direction of the current language you are typing in.
In older versions of Word (<=2003), I didn't find any way to do this through the UI, only through the VBA editor.
Note: To set the run to RTL, type
In Word 2010, you can customize the ribbon by adding the commands