Insert text by clicking and typing

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You can quickly insert text or other items in a blank area of a document. Word automatically applies the formatting that is necessary to position the item where you want it. You can also use the Overtype command to insert text by typing over existing text.

Do any of the following:

Insert text by typing

  1. On the View menu, click Print Layout.

  2. In the document, move the pointer to a blank area where you want to insert text or another item, and then double-click to set the position.

  3. Start to type text, or insert an item as usual.

    Tip: If you don't want to insert an item where you double-clicked, just double-click in another area. To undo an insertion, on the Edit menu, choose Undo.

Type over existing text by using the Overtype command

  1. On the Standard toolbar, click Overtype  overtype .

    If you don't have the Overtype command on the Standard toolbar

    1. On the View menu, point to Toolbars, and then click Customize Toolbars and Menus.

    2. Click the Toolbars and Menus tab, and then under Show, select the Standard check box.

    3. On the Commands tab, in the list of commands, click and drag the Overtype command to the Standard toolbar, and then click OK.

  2. In the document, click where you want to type over the existing text and begin typing.

    Tip: You can also turn on the Overtype command in Word Preferences. On the Word menu, click Preferences, click Edit, and then under Editing options, select Overtype mode.

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