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Inserting versus overtyping
Inserting versus overtyping
Like its prior versions, Word 2013 offers two modes for entering text: Insert mode and
Overtype mode. In Insert mode, the default mode, if you click within existing text and
type, Word inserts the added text between the existing characters, moving text to the
right of the insertion point farther right to accommodate your additions and rewrapping
the line as needed. In contrast, when you switch to Overtype mode, any text you type
replaces text to the right of the insertion point.
Overtyping is a fi ne method of data entry — when it’s the mode that you want.
Unfortunately, in older Word versions, the Insert key on the keyboard toggled between
Insert and Overtype modes by default. Because the Insert key is often found above or right
next to the Delete key on the keyboard, many a surprised user would accidentally hit the
Insert key and then unhappily type right over his text.
In Word 2013, the Insert key’s control of Overtype mode is turned off by default. You can
use the Word Options dialog box to turn Overtype mode on and off, and also to enable the
Insert key’s control of Overtype mode. Select File Options, and then click Advanced in the
list at the left side of the Word Options dialog box. Use the Use overtype mode check box
(Figure 4.3) to toggle Overtype mode on and off, and the Use the Insert key to control
overtype mode check box to toggle the Insert key’s control of Overtype mode on and off.
Click OK to apply your changes.
FIGURE 4.3
The Word Options dialog box enables you to turn Overtype mode on and off.
Control Overtype
mode and the
Insert key
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