Ade Malsasa Akbar contact
Senior author, Open Source enthusiast.
Monday, August 19, 2019 at 11:03

 (After setting things up, LibreOffice displays copied arabic text correctly)

You may notice that Arabic text copied from Zekr Quran Reader looks not right on LibreOffice Writer. That's right, it's because of the Right-to-Left switch has not been enabled on LibreOffice. Fortunately, it's really easy to handle. I will take chapter 1 Al Faatiha as example. Straight to the point, here's the setup.


 (Left: Zekr with correct arabic text; right: Writer got errors displaying ayat number spacing)


(See top-right corner, the Right-to-Left (RTL) button; now the arabic text displayed correctly)

  • Go to menubar Tools > Options > Language Settings > Languages.
  • Give check mark to Complex Text Layout > select Saudi Arabia. 
  • OK.
  • You should see two new buttons on your toolbar, RTL and LTR.
  • If not, right-click your toolbar > Visible Button > enable Right-to-Left > enable Left-to-Right.

(Enabling complex text layout setting)

(Put RTL button on the toolbar if not presented yet)

Note: I did this on LibreOffice 5.4. Newer versions might be different.

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