Im typing an Indo Aryan language which is written right to left, but I couldn't find a way to type it correctly in Illustrator. The Language under Character does not work. The Adobe Single-Line and Every-Line Composers also does not work.

How can I type right to left in Illustrator?

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    There are hundreds of Indo-Aryan languages (most of which are written left-to-right); could you be more specific about which one you’re trying to write? Commented Oct 31, 2017 at 7:38

3 Answers 3


In AI 2019:

  1. Go to Window > Type > Paragraph Style
  2. Open Options > Open Paragraph Style Options
  3. Open Middle East Character Formats.
  4. Change Direction: Right to Left.
  5. Click Ok
  • How about to make a multi column text using Asian text go Right to Left column to column?
    – samyb8
    Commented May 15 at 19:29

First, you need to check Preferences/Type: enter image description here

Second, check Paragraph options: enter image description here

And last – pick your Arabic font and change system language to Arabic.

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    OK, but RtL fails with punctioation while typing in Arabic even after following thoses steps. it's mandatory to install English Supporting Arabic version.
    – M. A.
    Commented Mar 24, 2018 at 18:09
  • I confirm this works for Hebrew text. תודה רבה Commented Feb 7, 2022 at 14:43

Please follow these steps:

  1. Go to Edit->Prefrences->Type
  2. In 'Language Options' section, click on 'Show Indic Options'
  3. Press OK
  4. Restart your Adobe Illustrator
  5. Go to Window->Type->Paragraph
  6. On the top right-hand side of the opened window, next to the arrow sign, click on the menu sign and select 'Middle Eastern & South Asian Every-Line Composer'

You are good to go now.

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