I have on my Mac - Microsoft Word 2010, now … I want to write from right to left ( not only text-align right, but direction ltr).

I'll be thankful for some help. :)

  • This isn't exactly an answer for MS Word, but if you're cheap (like me) and just want to print a little right-to-left text, Safari and Firefox these days both support the dir="rtl" instruction for HTML.
    – Ken
    Commented Jul 25, 2012 at 21:25
  • Also: Why doesn't Microsoft Office/2008(& later) support RTL languages? (2010) Commented Mar 15, 2015 at 16:08
  • Do you want to write in english? Or in another language like arabic or hebrew? Commented Mar 19, 2015 at 15:55
  • "Direction ltr", are you sure? It means left-to-right. Like I am writing now. Commented Mar 19, 2015 at 15:58
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    As of right now, Office for Mac 2016 finally fully supports RTL.
    – seagull
    Commented Mar 16, 2016 at 0:37

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Word 2016 has this language feature if you can upgrade Word.

There's no right-to-left support for Microsoft Word 2011 for Mac presently. There are several alternative word processors that do support RTL, however:

  1. OpenOffice
  2. Mellel
  3. Nisus Writer Pro
  • Thanks alot. Hmm... Do you know if they have a mail which I can advice them to add this ability?
    – Daniel
    Commented Jun 13, 2011 at 19:17
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    Yep, here you go: microsoft.com/mac/product-feedback Commented Jun 13, 2011 at 19:19
  • While reviewing a document, I added a comment, and the [Comment 1:] text appeared on the right of the box, with the text I entered appearing to the left of it. Maybe Word for Mac 2011 supports right to left text if it is specified in a file from another version.
    – SabreWolfy
    Commented Jan 17, 2014 at 9:16
  • @SabreWolfy I have Word 2011 and it doesn't support yet. Commented Nov 18, 2014 at 22:15
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    I have tested Word 2016 Preview and it still has no RTL support. Commented Mar 15, 2015 at 16:32

After endless effort to find a solution the only thing that worked for me was opening another document that was already saved with a paragraph direction from right to left. Worked like a charm!

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    You mean another RTL document created with Windows Word, right? This workaround is not totally unknown, but I think most people have found it buggy and not very useful in practice. If it works perfectly for you, that would be welcome progress. Commented May 13, 2014 at 19:55

Nevron Writer for MAC has RTL support though its not perfect - https://www.nevronoffice.com/

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    What do you mean by "not perfect"?
    – nohillside
    Commented Nov 4, 2015 at 9:07

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