Microsoft Word XP

  Mr Confused 20:34 21 Jan 2005


Having an annoying problem with word, where if I highlight a word and try to retype over it to replace the word, as soon as I press the keys the new word types in front of the highlighted word - it does replace it.

Anyone know how to sort this out?!

  Cook2 20:40 21 Jan 2005

Look for Insert on the keyboard, above the arrow keys. Press once for insert and again to go back to normal.

  Mr Confused 20:48 21 Jan 2005

No it's nothing to do with the Insert key because when I try to type over a highlighted word it doesn't type over the word, it just types the letters in fornt of it not over.

  Buchan 35 21:20 21 Jan 2005

Have you tried `delete` before typing the new or correct word?

  Mr Confused 21:25 21 Jan 2005

Yeah that works but I should be able to type directly over the word without having to press delete or backspace.

  mrdsgs 21:56 21 Jan 2005

you do need to use the insert key to select overtype mode but do not highlight the word


  Eric10 22:47 21 Jan 2005

Go to Tools, Options, Edit tab. Tick the box labelled "Typing replaces selection" then it should do what you want.

  Mr Confused 19:44 22 Jan 2005

Thanks Eric10 - you solved it!!!

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