Word Overtype Mode

In Word 2003 you could press your insert key on your keyboard to either type over text or insert text. The default was to insert text, but you could quickly change that by using that key. Now in Office 2007 and 2010 the key doesn’t seem to work — how to you type over then without having to first select the text?

There is a way to do this in the newer versions of Word, it is just not set up by default. Follow these steps to turn it on:

  • From within Word, click on the File tab, then select Options
  • Click on the Advanced option from the list
  • In the Editing Options section, check the box next to Use the Insert key to control overtype mode .dec-2011-word-tip
  • Click OK to exit the options
  • Now you can use the Insert key to toggle the overtype mode on and off

For more word tips see our Word Training Classes.