Type over text in Word for Windows

The Insert key on your keyboard allows you to replace text as you type. To get the insert key to work that way, you can set it up in the Word advanced options.

Turn on Overtype mode

When you edit text in Overtype mode, in a Word document, to the right of the insertion point you're typing over previously typed text.

  1. In Word, choose File > Options.

  2. In the Word Options dialog box, choose Advanced.

  3. Under Editing options, do one of the following:

    • To use Insert key to control Overtype mode, select the Use Insert key to control overtype check box.

    • To keep Overtype mode enabled always, select the Use overtype mode check box.

    Advanced Word Options dialog box, under Editing options, Use overtype mode check box

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