I’m trying to run DavkaWriter 7 on my Mac but it crashes when I start it. What do I do?

If DavkaWriter on your Mac crashes with the following error:

“The program davwrite.exe has encountered a serious problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.”

the most likely cause is that DavkaWriter needs a printer to be installed on your system.  If you don’t have a printer installed on your Mac, DavkaWriter won’t run.  To solve this, you can install a free virtual printer called CUPS-PDF from here:


Once this has been installed, go into System Preferences -> Print & Scan and add this as your default printer.  Run DavkaWriter and it should work fine.

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Since I upgraded my Mac to Mountain Lion, DavkaWriter 7 doesn’t work. What do I do?

Versions of the DavkaWriter Mac package older than 1.0.6 will not run on Macs running the Mountain Lion operating system.

If you have an older version, please contact Davka Sales at +1.773.583.2333 or sales@davka.com to get the newest version of the DavkaWriter 7 Mac package.

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How do I get DavkaWriter 7 for my Mac?

DavkaWriter 7 for the Mac is now available!  To purchase it, click here:


Upgrades from DavkaWriter 6 or 7 for Windows or Mellel II for Mac are available here:


A free demo of DavkaWriter for Mac is available here:


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I bought DavkaWriter 6/7 by download and was advised by Davka to make a backup. How do I do that?

If you are using Windows, go to the location where the DavkaWriter ZIP file is saved.  This file will likely be in your Downloads or My Documents folder, unless you have chosen to save it elsewhere.

Select this file and drag it to any form of external media you use for your backups (like a recordable CD or an SD card), or upload it to a cloud drive of your choice (like Dropbox or Google Drive.)

If you are using a Mac, go to your Downloads and locate the DavkaWriter ZIP file.  There likely will be a ZIP file and a folder containing an .app file.  You only need the Zip file.  Drag that file to any form of external media you use for your backups (like a recordable CD or an SD card), or upload it to a cloud drive of your choice (like Dropbox or Google Drive.)

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Why do I get an “invalid path” error when I try to open a file with Hebrew letters in the filename in DavkaWriter?

In Windows XP, Vista, and 7, DavkaWriter can use Hebrew filenames only if Windows’ Hebrew language support is fully installed and the “default locale for non-Unicode programs” is set to Hebrew.

Here are links for instructions to set up Windows’ Hebrew language support:

Make sure to follow the last step to change the system locale, or Hebrew filenames will not work.

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How do I open a Dagesh document in DavkaWriter?

Go into DavkaWriter.  Go to File -> Open.  Change your file type to “Dagesh/Accent Document”.

Locate the Dagesh document and double-click it.  It will then open in DavkaWriter.

Please note that, when importing a Dagesh document into DavkaWriter, you may need to do some adjustment to your formatting, and some font choices may be lost.

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I inserted an image or text box into a DavkaWriter document and now I can’t click and select it. What do I do?

If you are unable to click an image in a DavkaWriter document, hold down Ctrl while you click the image.  That tells DavkaWriter to select the image or text box instead of the text surrounding it.

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Where can I get additional Hebrew fonts that can be used with DavkaWriter?

While DavkaWriter supports almost any English font installed on your system for English typing, it only supports Hebrew fonts specifically encoded for use with DavkaWriter.

A number of different font collections for DavkaWriter (the Hebrew Font Gallery Deluxe and Signature Hebrew Font Collection, as well as a number of other individual fonts) are available here:


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How do I get Hebrew text from DavkaWriter into Microsoft Word or other applications?

DavkaWriter 6 offers a number of different copy-and-paste options that can be used when copying text from DavkaWriter to other programs.  These options are all in DavkaWriter’s Edit menu, under the choice “Copying is For”:

  • Unicode
  • Hebrew Program
  • English Program
  • Qtext
  • Email

When copying to a program that supports Hebrew in Unicode (such as Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, and others), use the Unicode option.  Select your Hebrew text in DavkaWriter, copy it, and paste it into your destination program.  Your font choice from DavkaWriter will be lost.

In your destination program, you may want to change your Hebrew text from the default font to some other font.  A number of the fonts included with Windows and/or Microsoft Office support Hebrew.

If your font does not support proper positioning of Nikud, you will find that the Nikud will not be positioned correctly.  This is a limitation of the font and/or the destination program, not a limitation of DavkaWriter.

Use the English Program option if you are copying to a program that does not support Unicode Hebrew fonts.  If you use this option, your choice of font will likely be lost in the destination application as well.  If that happens, select the text in the destination application and change the font to a DavkaWriter font ending in “D” or “G” (for example: DavidD or HatzviG – NOT Davka David or GuttmanD Hatzvi).

The text should then appear as it did in DavkaWriter, including proper positioning of Nikud if your destination program supports it.  This text usually cannot be edited effectively in the destination program (other than changing font size).

Please note that, often, other programs (particularly Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010) do not display Hebrew as well as DavkaWriter does.  This is a limitation of these programs, not of DavkaWriter.

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Where do I find the texts (Tanach, Siddur, Mishna) included in DavkaWriter?

All texts included in DavkaWriter are in Tools -> Text Library.

DavkaWriter includes the Tanach, Siddur and Mishna.  Additional texts for DavkaWriter are available here:


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How do I type a letter with a dot/dagesh (i.e. a bet instead of vet) in DavkaWriter?

In DavkaWriter, you don’t add a dot/dagesh to a letter.  You type the letter as though you were typing an uppercase letter in English – by holding the Shift key as you type the letter.

If you have already typed the letter without the dagesh, you will need to replace the letter with the letter+dagesh equivalent.  The dagesh cannot be added to the letter in any other way.

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How do I save a DavkaWriter document as a PDF?

DavkaWriter 6 has a built-in PDF export.

To use this export function, open your DavkaWriter document.  Click File -> Export and set PDF as your file type.  Name the file, note the location where the file will be saved (the folder name listed at the top of that window) and click Export.  Your file will be exported to PDF.

If you are using DavkaWriter 6.0.5, 6.2, 6.4, 6.5, or 6.6.1 and PDF export is not working for you, install this update, which will update your PDF creator and restore your PDF export functionality:


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Why don’t my DavkaWriter files open when I double-click them in Windows Vista or Windows 7?

This problem occurs when the “file association” between the DavkaWriter program and the DWD file type is not set up properly.  Windows may prompt you to choose the program you want to use to open this type of file or it may try to open the file in a different program you may have chosen previously.

To fix this issue:

  • Right-click a DavkaWriter document (a file with a .DWD extension)
  • Choose Open With…
  • Click Browse
  • Navigate to C:\Program Files\Davka Corp\DavkaWriter (may be Program Files (x86) on 64-bit Windows)
  • Choose the “davwrite.exe” program
  • MAKE SURE to choose the checkbox to “always use this program to open this type of file”
  • Click OK

DavkaWriter will then be set properly to open DWD files directly from Windows.

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Why am I getting strange characters like øàèåïíùãâ when I try to type Hebrew in DavkaWriter?

DavkaWriter and Windows’ Hebrew language support try to use the same reserved keystroke – Alt+Shift.   If you are using DavkaWriter on a system that has Windows’ Hebrew language support installed (the EN/HE language selector) and you use Alt-Shift to switch languages, Windows will switch to Hebrew mode, which is not compatible with DavkaWriter.

In order to type Hebrew in DavkaWriter, Windows must be left in English mode (the EN option).  You can then switch languages in DavkaWriter using Alt+/ or Alt-. instead of Alt+Shift.

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How do I run DavkaWriter 6 on my Mac?

DavkaWriter is, essentially, a Windows program.  There is no Mac version.

If you use Windows on your Mac, as many Mac users do, or if you use Windows emulation or virtualization, you can run DavkaWriter in that configuration.

Some alternatives for this are:

Those all require the user to have a copy of Windows XP, Vista, or 7.  These alternatives provide full DavkaWriter functionality.

Alternatively, DavkaWriter can be run with near-perfect functionality in CrossOver Mac – http://www.codeweavers.com/products/cxmac

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How do I update DavkaWriter 6 (revisions 6.0.5 or 6.2) to work on Windows 7?

DavkaWriter 6 is fully compatible with Windows 7.

If you have revisions 6.0.5 or 6.2 of DavkaWriter, you may experience minor issues with PDF export or other functions.

To correct those issues, update DavkaWriter to version 6.6.3 using this link:


Once you have downloaded and installed this update, DavkaWriter will be updated to version 6.6.3.

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