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    Whenever I go into one of my styles to change the "Left to right" text direction in the paragraph dialogue, it is grayed out. I have to change the individual paragraph settings for each paragraph in the style; I cannot make a global change. Is there a way around this so that I could change the text direction for the entire style?

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    Is the style a Paragraph Style ?
    When I try this I can do what you want. This is what the Modify Style dialogue looks like, and the alignment option is available.
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    Can you post a screen shot , or a sample document.
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    Actually, teh dialogue I'm havign trouble with is under Styles | Modify, then Format | Paragraphs, under text direction, Right to Left and Left to Rigth are grayed out for every style except for Normal.

    I think I figured out how to get my style "Arabic" to go right to left. I think the text direction of all of the text is based on Normal; if Normal is left to right, then so will all of the other styles, and that can't change. So first I tried to make the change in Normal to right to left text direction and then I created teh new style Arabic, whcih was based on Normal's newly modified right to left default. But once I changed Normal back to left ot right, Arabic also changed.

    So then I took a paragraph that was set to Arabic and went through Format | Paragraph without messing with the Style, and then I changed the text direction (there, unlike in the Style modify dialogue, it's not grayed out). Then I ended up with a style called Arabic + right to left. I went ahead and set my ctrl + Shift + A shortcut to that new style, and deleted the Arabic style, and then saved ARabic + right to left as a new quick Style whose name was Arabic.

    By the way, is there a way in Word 2007 to figure out what style a given selection is? In Word 2003, there was a window up top next to the font that showed the Style. In Word 2007, there is also a window, but there are only 3 styles shown at a time and the style where my cursor is is not always one of the there displayed, nor is it one of the 25 displayed when I click to expand the Styles window, or is it one of the Styles displayed on the side window when I click Format / Styles to open up the dialogue box.

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    Hi jmt
    Re:
    Actually, teh dialogue I'm havign trouble with
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    I created teh new style Arabic, whcih was
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    I created teh new style Arabic, whcih
    Yes, I see you're definitely having some
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    is there a way in Word 2007 to figure out what style a given selection is?
    Clicking on the small down arrow at the bottom-right of the Style tab on the Home Ribbon opens up the Styles list. Scrolling the Styles pane up/down should show which Style the selection is using. If it doesn't, clicking on the 'Options' link there allows you to control the range of Styles that are displayed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmt356 View Post
    By the way, is there a way in Word 2007 to figure out what style a given selection is? In Word 2003, there was a window up top next to the font that showed the Style.
    You could try the technique in this article to show the old drop-down on the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT): How to reinstate the Styles combo box in Microsoft Word 2007 and Word 2010 | ShaunaKelly.com. Does that help?

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    Macropod: I tried that last week, and even though I had opted for all of my styles to be displayed, my ARabic style wasn't showing up anywhere on the Style pane.

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    Hi jmt,

    Are you sure the Arabic Style exists in the documenbt, and not just some arabic text?
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    Hi jmt,

    I've just had the opportunity to download and open the document from your other thread. Using Word 2007, configured to show all Styles, I can indeed see one named 'Arabic' - it appears just above one named 'asdfgh' and another named 'asdgvhj!
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