Microsoft Word is well-suited to using fonts in several languages, including complex right-to-left languages like Hebrew. Configuring Windows to work with this language is just a few commands from the Control Panel, and then Word will be ready to go. Not only that, all your programs in the Microsoft Office suite, including Excel and PowerPoint, will also be set up for the use of Hebrew fonts. Switching between Hebrew and English is as easy as hitting the left-hand "alt" key at the same time as the left-hand "shift" key.
- Skill level:
Click on the "Start" button and navigate to the "Control Panel." Select the icon labelled "Regional and Language Settings."
Click on the "Languages" tab in the pop-up window. Make sure the box for "Install files for complex script and right-to-left languages (including Thai)" is checked, and then click on "Details."
Click on "Add" under "Installed services." Another pop-up window will appear with a drop-down box to select languages. Choose Hebrew. Click on "Key Settings" to confirm the key strokes that will allow you to toggle back and forth between Hebrew and English (the default is left alt+shift). Click "Apply" when done.
Open Microsoft Word. If you only need to enter a few characters, you may find it simplest to click on the tab labelled "Insert" on the overhead ribbon, followed by "Symbol." Select your Hebrew font in the drop-down box, highlight the desired Hebrew character and click "Insert." For anything longer than a word or two, it's easier to use the left alt+shift command and type in Hebrew. Word will automatically correct right-to-left phrases and sentences within an English-language left-to-right document.
Tips and warnings
- Changing the specific font used in Hebrew is done precisely the way it would be if you were typing in English. You can highlight passages and hit the right mouse button for a drop-down menu of options including font, or change fonts directly from the "Home" tab on the ribbon.
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