I am translating an English document into a right to left language. There is a table as follows:

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I want a similar table in the target document and I'd like not to draw this manually again, but the problem with copying this is that it is left-to-right, as the small plus at the top-left corner shows. This consistent direction allows convenient tabbing between cells. But, for my target right-to-left language, this convenience is not obtained by simply copying the table as it does not allow tabbing between cells from right to left.
How can I change the direction of the table so that the top-left plus sign is shown at top-right corner of the table?

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    Try Right-click on the table and choose Table Properties. In the Table tab, near the bottom, should be a setting for RTL/LTR. – DavidPostill Nov 6 '15 at 13:00

Click on the top-left plus, thus selecting the table. Now, right-click on the table and click Table Properties.
Under Table direction, select Right-to-left:
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Click OK.

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Now the direction is right-to-left and tabbing right-to-left between cells is possible.

  • That option seems to be gone in the current Office 365 Word. – thomaskonrad Feb 20 '20 at 7:58
  • Which edition are you using? I suspect there should be an option in the settings to enable right-to-left languages. I have not worked with MS Word for a long time though. – codezombie Feb 20 '20 at 18:01

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