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Cannot type Arabic text in the command prompt.

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SYMPTOMS
Arabic text typed in the command prompt window will be displayed as garbled.
CAUSE
Arabic is not supported in CMD prompt and will not be displayedcorrectly.

Steps to reproduce the problem:
  • Click Start--> Run
  • Type CMD.EXE
  • Switch the keyboard language to Arabic by pressing ALT+Right-SHIFT
  • Type some text

The Arabic text will be displayed garbled. If you copy the text from the console to a Windows application like Notepad, the Arabic text will be displayed correctly.
STATUS
This behavior is by design. Arabic and Hebrew (and for that matter Thai, Hindi, and other complex scripts)are not supported on Windows 2000 and Windopws XP console.
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Properties

Article ID: 821083 - Last Review: 08/25/2008 14:42:12 - Revision: 1.1

  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)
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