Make sure you change the direction of text from ‘left to right’ to ‘right to left’. In MS word there are two small icons in the paragraph tab:
If you are constantly switching between the two it is good to know the shortcut (hotkeys): LàR (Left CTRL + SHIFT) and RàL (Right CTRL + SHIFT)
You also need to change the language of input from English to Arabic. In most SOAS PCs you’ll see an ‘EN’ in the bottom right hand corner of your screen. If you click on it, you will see a list of other input languages available.
Alternatively you can use the short cut (hotkeys): from English to Arabic [Left SHIFT + ALT]; from Arabic to English [Right SHIFT + ALT].
You want to make sure you do this otherwise formatting becomes a nightmare. Also, try and choose one font and font-size throughout the document. SOAS computers all have a variety of Arabic fonts installed, including the excellent decotype naskh font (my favourite). You can request (beg/beseech/plead) the library helpdesk if you want the fonts for your PC