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I tried to type a table with one column in Arabic numbers and the other one with corresponding Western numbers, just like this one:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabic_alphabet#Numerals

But when I copy the table and paste it (or when I write a new one from scratch), all the Arabic digits turn to Western ones when I move to another cell.

The problem does not appear on Textedit (which handles right-to-left scripts and otf Arabic fonts much better, by the way).

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I thought 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 were Arabic numbers. –  Daniel Lawson Jun 7 '12 at 12:25
    
I mean these: ١٢٣٤٥٦٧٨٩٠ –  Joseph Jun 7 '12 at 15:58
    
I see. Thanks. Good to learn! –  Daniel Lawson Jun 7 '12 at 16:07
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I can see why this might be frustrating. Tables in iWork by default are set to automatically detect the type of text that is entered in each cell. If iWork sees a number (of any type) it converts it a Western character. Luckily it is possible to change this.

Open the inspector and go to the table settings section. Under the table settings section you are presented with two other sections ("Table" and "Format"). Select "Format" and you will see that you can set the "Cell Format" of a table. Select the table in your document and and click on the "Cell Format" drop-down menu. As you will see, the current option is set to "Automatic." Change this to "Text" and you will no longer have the problem of iWork changing your input to Western characters!

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Note: You may be forced to manually create and enter the values in the table using the character viewer or copy and paste individual characters from Wikipedia in each cell AFTER initializing the table to have the "Text" cell format. Copying and pasting the entire table from Wikipedia seems to override any initial formatting (in the form of cell format) in iWork.

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