There are often times when you need to have Arabic and English (or another left-to-right language) in the same piece of text. Microsoft Word has no issue adding Arabic text next to existing English text, but trying the opposite is disastrous. It’s very frustrating when the text flips to the opposite side and the whole text is thrown out of place like this;
When what you actually want is this:
In this text I needed to add English book titles as references, yet as I go to write ‘Political Man’ next to الرجل السياسي, notice that in the first attempt to add the English, the whole line changes position so that the text no longer reads in the correct order.
The solution is actually very simple. To fix this follow these easy steps;
1) Highlight the text or select all (ctrl+a), and align the text to the right
2) Align the text direction to the right with this button:
3) Use the short cut key shift+alt to switch to English keyboard langauge, and simply type in the English where you want, remembering to switch back to Arabic to continue typing int Arabic.