In Chrome under Windows, I can press right control+right shift and the text direction in text fields and text boxes becomes right-to-left. But under Ubuntu, nothing happens.

In other programs (Gedit for example,) I can right-click then select Insert Unicode Control Character->RLM Right-to-left Mark to change the text direction, but that menu is not present when I right-click a text box in Chrome.

How can I change the text direction in Chrome?

Edit: I tried Manually inserting a RLM Mark (a list is here) by holding control+shift then typing u followed by the hex code of the control character. Out of the seven listed (U+200E, U+200F, U+202A, U+202B, U+202C, U+202D, U+202E), three of them (U+200F, U+202B, U+202E) worked in Gedit, but not in Chrome.

4 Answers 4


Using this open source extension provides a switch direction button that will added to your Google chrome and can switch text edits direction in any OS.

Disclaimer: I am publisher of the extension.

Update: Chrome now itself provides similar functionality on text edits context menu thus makes such extension somehow useless.

  • yes, @ebraminio: it was automatically deleted because it looked spammy. If this is your product/software, clearly say so.
    – studiohack
    Commented Mar 23, 2011 at 18:07
  • yes. but this is not a product, just a simple extension :) Commented Mar 23, 2011 at 18:58
  • Thanks, I had given up on this (The question was asked more than half a year ago).
    – imgx64
    Commented Mar 24, 2011 at 4:08
  • What about Firefox?
    – Royi
    Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 11:27
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    On Firefox, you can use Ctrl+Shift+X (or Alt? I don't remember) or double Right/Left Ctrl+Shift there after enabling browser.bidi.ui support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1128107 Commented Aug 31, 2017 at 11:22

Couple of guesses - does either Left CTRL+Right SHIFT, or SHIFT+CTRL+X work?

There are some subtle differences in Linux Chrome due to the use of GTK controls.

  • Nope, they don't work.
    – imgx64
    Commented Aug 19, 2010 at 13:52
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    Ctrl+Shift+X works splendidly for me in Firefox, which is what I was looking for now, since I accidentally switched it and didn't know how to get it back. Thanks! Commented Mar 26, 2014 at 17:56
  • What about Firefox?
    – Royi
    Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 11:27
  • For left-to-right direction >> Right Ctrl + Left Shift
  • For right-to-left direction >> Right Ctrl + Left Shift

I made an extension for chrome that solves this problem. you are welcome to use it. you can add it to chrome on here: chrome://extensions/ and active devloper mode https://github.com/Guyc1800/switch-input-direction-for-linux/tree/main

  • Welcome to SuperUser! Please clarify: how is this answer better than the accepted one? The poster of the question has already accepted an answer as solving his problem. Commented Apr 30, 2022 at 21:38
  • @DarkDiamond actually it is simple and it works better then the suggested answers.
    – Guy Cohen
    Commented Apr 30, 2022 at 22:18
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    @GuyCohen - Except it appears somebody already suggested that extension 11 years ago. Let me clarify, an extension, with the exact same name. Your repository is a couple of hours old is suspect which is the reason the community would love for you to explain why your solution is a solution.
    – Ramhound
    Commented May 1, 2022 at 2:55
  • @Ramhound it cant be the same extenstion because I wrote this extension yesterday. yesterday I learned how to code extensions for chrome. if you would look at the code you will see they dont share any similarty at all. also one of the problems I had with the already suggested extension is that the only available shortcut for switching direction was ctrl+shift+otherletter(x is defeult) diffrent from windows where you simply use Rctrl+Rshift for RTL and Lctrl+Lshift for LTR, my extension solve this problem by using content_scripts. just look at the code before you make assumption
    – Guy Cohen
    Commented May 1, 2022 at 9:08

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