How to write from right to left in Microsoft Office 2016 , 2019 / 365?

Several languages such as Arabic, Persian, Urdu or Hebrew are usually written from right to left. Today we will learn how to shift the writing direction in Office 2016/2019/365 from the default Left To Right (LTR) into Right To Left direction (RTL). For convenience, we are providing detailed instructions for Word and Outlook; however process is similar for other Office apps such as Excel and PowerPoint.

Word right to left writing

In Customize Ribbon:

  • Open your word document, click on File and select Options.

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  • In the customize ribbon, click on the drop down box and select All commands.

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  • Then search for the Left to Right and Right to Left in the options.
  • Press on New Group at the bottom and rename it as you need.
  • Add both LTR and RTL in the created group and select OK to add it in the Ribbon.

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In Quick Access Toolbar:

  • Open your word document, click on File and select Options.
  • In the Quick Access Toolbar, click on the drop down box and select All commands.

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  • Then search for Left to Right and Right to Left in the options.
  • Click Add and select OK to add those options in Quick access toolbar.

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Right to left switching with Macros

Readers asked me whether there is a way to programmatically set Right to Left for specific pages / ranges and paragraphs in a Word document.

The VBA method .RtlPara allows you to set the paragraph direction for a specific selection using Macros.

RTL in Outlook

In customize Ribbon:

  • Open your Outlook 2016 and Click on New mail in the Home ribbon.

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  • Now in the opened compose mail dialog box, click on File and select Options.

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  • In the Customize Ribbon, click on the drop down box and select All commands.

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  • Search for Left to Right and Right to Left options.
  • Press on New Group at the bottom and rename it as you need.
  • Add both LTR and RTL in the created group and select OK to add it to the ribbon.

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In Quick Access Toolbar:

  • In your Outlook 2016, click on New mail in the Home ribbon.
  • In the dialog box of compose mail, click on File and select Options.
  • In the Quick Access Toolbar, click on the drop down box and select All commands.

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  • Search for Left to Right and Right to Left options.
  • Click Add and select OK to add it in Quick Access Toolbar.

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  • Hit either LTR to write from Left to Right and RTL to write from Right to Left in both Quick Access Toolbar and Customize ribbon.

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