Text disappears as I type

Symptoms

As you type in a document, text at the insertion point is deleted.

Cause

Overtype mode is turned on and the Insert key was pressed on the keyboard.

Resolution

Turn off overtype mode:

  1. Click File > Options.

    (In Word 2007, click the Microsoft Office Button Office button image , and then click Word Options.)

  2. Click Advanced.

  3. Under Editing options, clear both the Use the Insert key to control overtype mode and the Use overtype mode check boxes.

    The Overtype options in Word

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