The cursive and artistic Arabic script has a stylistic heritage to awe even the most conservative of critics. The variety of Arabic scripts gives a writer plenty of options, while the more artistic and intricate Arabic fonts are usually reserved for religious events or texts, classical texts and government advertisements. The fancier scripts convey a higher level legitimacy and respect than the standard Arabic fonts such as Geeza Pro. Use the fancier scripts for special occasions or in referring to religious texts that will add that extra Middle Eastern touch of class and respect.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Turn on the Arabic script or keyboard on your computer through the PC feature entitled "Character Map"; click "All Programs," then "Accessories," then "System Tools" if necessary.
Use the Mac feature entitled "Keyboard Viewer" by clicking "Language Tab," then "Show Keyboard Viewer."
Place the writing alignment on the right, so that the Arabic words can correctly span from right to left. Practice typing a few Arabic letters to test this feature.
Place the tab on the right side of the page. Practice typing to ensure that the almost cursive-style letters align and connect appropriately.
Change the font of the document by selecting the "Font Box" and scrolling to select the Arabic font you desire. Use the more cursive or design fonts, such as Granada or Scheherazade, for special events or phrases. Use the standard Arabic fonts, such as GeezaPro or Traditional Arabic, for standard or professional documents.
Tips and warnings
- Macintosh programs include the six Arabic fonts Al-Bayan, Baghdad, DecoType Naskh, Geeza Pro, Nadeem and Kufi Standard.
- The Windows program offers several fonts, which include Andalus, Arial, Traditional Arabic, Transparent Arabic and Simplified Arabic.
- You can download a variety of Arabic fonts for free from many programming websites.
- Enable the Arabic script on a PC computer by going to the "Start" menu, selecting "Control Panel" then selecting "Regional and Language Options." Check the box "Install files for complex script and right-to-left languages (including Thai)," then click "Apply" Return to the "Regional and Language Options" box. Select "Advanced," then highlight which of the Arabic keyboards you want displayed in the language bar. Use the "Language Bar" feature on the task bar to switch from the English keyboard to the Arabic keyboard.
- Enable the Arabic script on a Mac computer by going to "System Preferences" and selecting "Language and Texts." Select the "Input Sources" tab. Check the Arabic keyboards you want to enable. Use the "Language Tab" feature on the top bar to change to an Arabic keyboard.
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