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Right-to-left controls turn on automatically when you open a document, spreadsheet, or presentation with right-to-left text, or when you add text in a right-to-left language. You can also turn on right-to-left controls manually.

Turn on right-to-left language controls

From a computer: To set up Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides for right-to-left languages:

  1. Go to a Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides home screen.
  2. In the top left corner, click Menu Menu.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click the box next to "Always show right-to-left controls."
  5. Click OK. The setting now applies to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
Google Docs

From a computer: Change paragraph direction

  1. Turn on the right-to-left controls.
  2. Open a document.
  3. To change paragraph direction, on the toolbar, click Paragraph direction paragraph direction.

From a computer: Change table direction (column order)

  1. Turn on right-to-left controls.
  2. Open a document.
  3. Click Table and then Table properties.
  4. In the "Column order" section, choose Right-to-left or Left-to-right.

On iOS or Android: Change paragraph direction

  1. In the Google Docs app, open a document.
  2. Tap Format Format.
  3. Tap PARAGRAPH.
  4. To change paragraph direction, tap Paragraph direction paragraph direction.

On iOS: Change table direction (column order)

  1. In the Google Docs app, open a document.
  2. Tap a table.
  3. Tap Format Format.
  4. Tap TABLE.
  5. To change the table direction, tap Table direction table direction left to rightright to left table direction.

Note: To see right-to-left controls in iOS or Android, there must be right-to-left text in the document. Right-to-left controls will also automatically turn on for users that have a right-to-left language as their phone language setting.

Google Sheets

On a computer: Change the direction of the columns for a particular sheet

  1. Turn on right-to-left controls.
  2. Open a spreadsheet.
  3. To change the direction of the spreadsheet grid, on the toolbar, click Direction right to left table direction.

Note: This change will only apply to the current sheet, not all sheets in the spreadsheet.

On Android: Change the direction of the columns for a particular sheet

  1. Open a spreadsheet in the Google Sheets app.
  2. On the sheet tab at the bottom, tap the Down arrow Down Arrow
  3. To change the direction of the spreadsheet grid, tap Right-to-left.

Note: This change will only apply to the current sheet, not all sheets in the spreadsheet.

On a computer: Change the direction of text inside of a cell

  1. Turn on right-to-left controls.
  2. Open a spreadsheet.
  3. To change direction of the text, on the toolbar, click Cell direction paragraph direction.

Note: If you type text into a cell using a right-to-left language, Google Sheets will automatically change the text direction to right-to-left. It will switch back if you start to type in a left-to-right language.

Google Slides

On a computer: Change paragraph direction

  1. Turn on the right-to-left controls.
  2. Open a presentation.
  3. To change paragraph direction, on the format toolbar, click Paragraph direction paragraph direction.

On Android and iOS: Change paragraph direction

  1. In the Google Slides app, open a presentation.
  2. Tap Format Format.
  3. Tap PARAGRAPH.
  4. To change paragraph direction, tap Paragraph direction paragraph direction.

Note: To see right-to-left controls in iOS, there must be right-to-left text in the document. Right-to-left controls will also automatically turn on for users that have a right-to-left language as their phone language setting.

Mary is a Docs & Drive expert and author of this help page. Leave her feedback below about the page.

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