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I’m a girl who doesn’t use a mouse if she can help it.  I prefer using keyboard shortcuts – it saves me a lot of time (and some wrist pain).

Sometimes, though, I inadvertently command the computer to do something that makes a drastic change.  Case in point:  while working in Notepad (I was stripping formatting or coding some html/css), I accidentally set my computer to display ALL text right-to-left, instead of the American/European default of left-to-right.  I gotta tell you, it’s bizarre trying to type like that.  And frustrating when you don’t know what key command caused the behavior.  Or how to reverse it.

Fortunately for you folks, I’ve done it several times more.  I use CTRL and SHIFT + arrow keys quite a bit when I type (for selecting text).  Here’s what I learned:  Holding down CTRL + the right SHIFT key will toggle right-to-left typing/reading.  If you accidentally set your text to read RTL, just hold down CTRL + the left SHIFT key to reset.

I discovered another way (one of many) to toggle between RTL and LTR –

  1. Open an Explorer window to view the contents of “My Computer.”
  2. Right-click on the words “My Computer” in the address bar.
  3. Select (or deselect) “Right to left Reading order” from the menu.
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  1. Avatar February 29th, 2008 at 1:49 pm Dave Says:

    Is this a Vista thing? Neither of those tricks work here at school on this XP machine…

  2. Avatar February 29th, 2008 at 3:11 pm Tara Says:

    Silly, I don’t have Vista! No, this is an XP thing for me.

  3. Avatar February 29th, 2008 at 3:52 pm Dave Says:

    Oh yeah, I forgot. Here at home, on Vista, I can get the My Computer thing to work, but still no luck with ctrl+rt.shift…

  4. Avatar March 24th, 2012 at 5:47 pm Kyt Says:

    This works on Windows 7 too! Just thought I’d update this in case anyone else, like me, keeps fat fingering badly. BTW, Google HATES trying to find websites with this info. No matter what I type in, I get 50 sites I don’t want and finally find 1 with the answer.
    Thanks for posting! (And not deleting this ancient post.)

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