Issues with finding and replacing characters in Indic, Southeast Asian, and right-to-left languages

Finding and replacing characters or words in Indic, Southeast Asian, and right-to-left languages in Microsoft Office programs presents special challenges because of contextual shaping, word-breaking rules, and diacritical marks in many of these languages. Some search features in Microsoft Office do not work with some languages.

Issues replacing words or characters in what language?

Indic languages

Southeast Asian languages

Right-to-left languages

Indic languages

Indic languages, such as Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, and Telugu, might not be compatible with every search option in Microsoft Office. For example, the Match case and Find whole words only options do not work for scripts in these languages. However, these options can still be used to find matching Latin characters in the same document.

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Southeast Asian languages

Southeast Asian languages, such as Thai and Vietnamese, might not be compatible with every search option in Microsoft Office. For example, the Match case and Find whole words only options do not work for Southeast Asian characters. However, these options can still be used to find matching Latin characters in the same document.

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Right-to-left languages

Find-and-replace features search text in the order in which the text is entered in the Search box, instead of the order in which it is displayed. Therefore, you can search for strings of right-to-left text, regardless of the direction of the paragraph. You can also search for matches of characters with or without kashidas (Arabic only), Alef Hamzas (Arabic only), or diacritics, such as the Hebrew niqqud. For a list of ASCII and Unicode character codes, see Insert ASCII or Unicode Latin-based symbols and characters.

For more information on right-to-left features in Office 2010, see Right-to-left language features.

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