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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