I'm using Linux Mint 18.2 (Sonya) with Cinnamon.

I'm writing text inside text boxes on various applications (Chromium, Firefox).
I was wondering, how can I change the text direction from LTR (Left to Right) to TRL (Right to Left) and vice versa?

In Windows it is done using Right Ctrl + Shift / Left Ctrl + Shift.

P. S.
I'm not talking about Open Office but text boxes in general.


2 Answers 2


It's CTRL + SHIFT + X for me on Firefox + LXDE. Works in both directions, LTR to RTL and RTL to LTR.


Use Ctrl+Shift+U to enter a character by code point.

What you're looking for are the LRM(200E)/RLM(200F) characters.

So Ctrl+Shift+U and then 2, 0, 0, F, for example.

I don't know of an easier way. Perhaps some kind of binding.

  • Is there a way to make a wish list for a keyboard shortcut for that in Linux? Like in Windows? Thank You.
    – Royi
    Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 15:01
  • You mean a feature request, perhaps? Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 18:59
  • Yea, "Linux Wish List" where I can add my feature request.
    – Royi
    Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 19:04
  • The problem is not with Linux but with some the GUI toolkits used in Linux. A good start would probably be the Gnome bugzilla: bugzilla.gnome.org The relevant component is probably GTK+/GtkTextView. Before you post a feature request I would suggest reading all the old bugs regarding BiDi support and report only if you can add new information (or just add your comment to old bugs). Commented Aug 31, 2017 at 11:55

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