ARCHIVED: In Microsoft Word, why is the text after the cursor being deleted as I type?
In Microsoft Word, if the text just after your cursor is being deleted as you type, Overwrite mode is enabled. To turn this option off, follow one of these steps:
- Press the
Inskey on the keyboard.
- In Windows, double-click the
OVRindicator that appears at the bottom of your document's window. When you turn the Overwrite option off, the
OVRindicator will become grayed out.
- In Mac OS X, single-click the
OVRicon that appears at the bottom of your document's window. When you turn the Overwrite option off, the
OVRicon will change from green (Overwrite on) to blank (Overwrite off).
Note: In Mac OS X, you may need to widen the window to see the
To return to Overwrite mode, simply repeat the steps above.
Note: In Word 2007 for Windows and Word 2008 for Mac OS X, Overwrite mode is disabled by default.
To turn on the ability to enter Overwrite mode for Word 2007, from the
Office Button menu, select
Word Options, and then
Advanced. Then, select
Use the Insert key to control
To turn on Overwrite mode for Word 2008, from the
Preferences. Click the
Edit icon, check the
Overtype mode, and then click
Last modified on September 30, 2010.