How to enable Arabic support in OpenOffice

Information This how-to is based on OpenOffice 2.4 and works with 3.1.

To enable arabic support in OpenOffice, open the Tools menu in the menu bar, and choose Options. you’ll get something similar to the screen shot bellow:

Options - OOo

Expand the Language Settings tree, and click on Languages. Change your configuration options so that they match the circled ones bellow:


* selecting Arabic (Saudi Arabia) is completely optional. choose the language you want to support.

Click OK and a two new options will appear on the lowest tool bar: left-to-right & right-to-left. you can now set text direction!


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  • M.S.  On October 29, 2012 at 5:00 am

    Zillions of thanks on behalf of the Muslim Community wordwide

    • seininn  On October 29, 2012 at 10:21 am

      You’re welcome. I’m glad to be of help.

  • bach  On February 25, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    and also the Christian community!

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