Sometimes when I'm typing, text orientation changes from LTR to RTL, but I am not able to find any shortcut to change the text direction on Windows.

How can I change the text direction inside a text box or a text area?

  • After a lot of search, I was able to do this. Hold LeftCtrl then press LeftShift to make text LTR. Similarly, hold RightCtrl then press RightShift to make text RTL. – user960567 Sep 8 '12 at 14:04

To switch between RTL (Right-To-Left) and LTR (Left-To-Right) text directions, you need to click Ctrl+Shift:

  • Ctrl+Left Shift for LTR.

  • Ctrl+Right Shift for RTL.

To change the direction of the whole text, select all of it (Ctrl+A) before changing the text direction.

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    Is there a way to disable these? The only times I hit them is by accident. – n611x007 Dec 21 '12 at 6:55
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    Dear @amiregelz, unfortunately your link doesn't contain the solution. I've already disabled the Ctrl+Shift shortcut there, but the page is about keyboard layouts, not writing directions. – Gogowitsch Sep 28 '14 at 8:43
  • What if you only have a Left Ctrl and not a Right one? – Trejkaz May 4 '15 at 4:35
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    Minor correction / addition to the answer (at least for Windows 10): Which Control key you press doesn't matter. The Shift does, though. I frequently find myself pressing Control on the left and Shift on the right and then cursing and swearing until I press the right combo to get it back (which led me here for some definite answers). – Mayyit Sep 18 '16 at 3:03

I struggled to fix a similar issue - it turned out to be limited to Office applications (inc. Outlook) and was caused by having Hebrew listed as an editing language (Options>Language>Choose Editing Languages).

Removing it and restarting all Office applications solved the problem.

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  • Welcome on board, I think you are unable to understand the Key Question, please read carefully before you compose the answer. Refer this link, superuser.com/help/how-to-answer. – Rajesh S May 22 '18 at 11:18

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