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!
Add and enable the alternate language under
Start / Programs / Microsoft Office / Microsoft Office Tools / 2007 Microsoft Office system Language Settings
Click the round Office button:
Click Word Options:
In the Choose commands from drop-down menu, select Home Tab instead of Popular Commands
Find and highlight Left-to-Right Direction, then click the Add button to move it to the Customize Quick Access Toolbar section
Add the Right-to-Left Direction command to the QAT as well
Now in the QAT you will see the RTL () and LTR () buttons, which you can use as required
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.
Actual order: ABCD Visual order: DCBA
When we add netural characters -- characters that don't have rules about whether they are displayed as LTR or RTL -- the run direction cannot be determined based on the characters themselves; we have to explicitly define the direction of the run:
(assumes LTR paragraph direction) Actual order: ABCD0123 LTR run: ABCD0123 partial RTL run: DCBA0123 full RTL run: 3210DCBA
When typing, there is no need for you to set the run direction; Word sets the run direction of a given neutral character 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.
- Select the text you want to change
- Press ALT+F11 to open the VBA programming environment
- Click on the Immediate pane; or if it's not visible, press CTRL+G
Selection.LtrRunand press ENTER
Note: To set the run to RTL, type
In Word 2010, you can customize the ribbon by adding the commands
RtlRun to set the LTR/RTL run direction.