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Issue with disabling right-to-left text. Please help!

by omidkia / December 25, 2008 5:50 AM PST

I'm having an issue with text formatting in Word 2003 and 2007.

I'm working on a manuscript with someone from Israel. The Word document they sent me is a bit buggy, and I am guessing it's from right-to-left language support. I have opened the document on 5+ computers, using both Word 2003 and Word 2007 and cannot fix the issue.

Basically, regular document text will type fine. However, if I am adding a comment (using the Review pane) the text will sometimes switch to right-to-left. This is triggered by the use of ANY punctuation. At first it was incredibly annoying, but now it is impossible to use.

I am using EndNote to manage my references. As I 'write-and-cite', EndNote automatically generates a bibliography for me. The issue is that the bibliography is ALSO bugged with the 'right-to-left' plague .

Interestingly, if I highlight the automically generated bibliography and paste it into an unformatted text box (such as Notepad or a web input box) the bibilography appears as it should. For example:

1. Russel MG. Changes in the incidence of inflammatory bowel disease: what does it mean? Eur J Intern Med 2000;11:191-196.
2. Koutroubakis I, Manousos ON, Meuwissen SG, et al. Environmental risk factors in inflammatory bowel disease. Hepatogastroenterology 1996;43:381-93.

However, if I paste into another Word document or into Wordpad, the numbers (1, 2, etc) appear on the right side of the text.

How can I fix this problem?

I am desperate for any help with this issue as the deadline for submission is approaching.

Kind regards,

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Did you call it in?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 25, 2008 5:57 AM PST

You revealed you tried 5 computers so with Office costing over 500 bucks here you have some 3 thousand bucks of Microsoft software and have encountered a bug.

They may have a patch or such that you only get access to by calling it in. I can assure you that this has happened to me and while some will abhor the idea of calling it in, imagine the poor soul that doesn't and learns about a patch later that was only available to those that called.

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Any other ideas?
by omidkia / December 25, 2008 3:44 PM PST
In reply to: Did you call it in?

As you mentioned, I abhor the idea of calling it in. There should be an option to turn it off. They computers I've tried are at work and god knows how slow the hospital IT staff are Sad

Does anyone have a fix?

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My fix last time for a SIMILAR issue
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 25, 2008 10:34 PM PST
In reply to: Any other ideas?

Was twofold. While I was able to save the document as RTF that stripped a lot of crud but in the end Microsoft had a patch since the issue would just happen again later.

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