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I need "right to left" text direction to write in Persian.

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Enable Complex Text Layout (CTL) support using (sources: 1, 2, 3):

    Tools → Options → Language Settings → Languages

It may be necessary to restart LibreOffice after enabling CTL.

Then:

Ctrl+Shift+D or Ctrl+Right Shift - switch to right-to-left text entry

Ctrl+Shift+A or Ctrl+Left Shift - switch to left-to-right text entry.

If the shortcuts don't work using Left Ctrl, try Right Ctrl.

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Is there a toolbar icon for this? So I won't need to remember the shortcut. – AlikElzin-kilaka Nov 8 '14 at 15:02
    
@AlikElzin-kilaka: If you go to the menu Tools -> Customize, and then click on the tab "Toolbars", and then select the toolbar "Formatting", you'll see the buttons "Left-to-right" and "Right-to-left" there, although I can't get them to appear. – Flimm May 30 '15 at 14:46

Does this solution work?

  • Ctrl+Shift+D or Ctrl+Right Shift Key - switch to right-to-left text entry
  • Ctrl+Shift+A or Ctrl+Left Shift Key - switch to left-to-right text entry

from https://help.libreoffice.org/Common/Languages_Using_Complex_Text_Layout

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Yes. but before that we should enable CTL support using: Tools -> Options -> Language Settings -> Languages. from: https://help.libreoffice.org/Common/General_Glossary#Complex_Text_Layout_.28CTL‌​.29 – Ali Jan 29 '13 at 17:57
    
I have CTL and Asian disabled, how can I enable them please ? – Muhammad Gelbana Dec 17 '13 at 19:11

In Libreoffice 3, in the menu of tools > Options > language settings > languages

In Enhanced language support section, you should check "Enabled for Complex text layout (CTL)" to enable the key combination for text writing directions. Without this option, your Ctrl+Shift keys won't take effect. When enabled, then you can use

  • Ctrl+Shift+D or Ctrl+Right Shift Key - switch to right-to-left text entry
  • Ctrl+Shift+A or Ctrl+Left Shift Key - switch to left-to-right text entry
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Add Direction Buttons like MS-WORD

As you remember in MS WORD there were to buttons in standard menu which acted as shortcut.

Go to VIEW>TOOLBARS>CUSTOMIZE

Select the tab "TOOLBARS"

Select "STANDARD"

Press the button "ADD"

Select Category " Format"

From the right pane select "RIGHT TO LEFT" & "LEFT TO RIGHT"

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