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Microsoft Office Questions and Answers - Cannot Type Over Highlighted Words in MS Word

Robert writes in with an Office question

Question:
For a Word 2003 document: When I highlight words and type replacement words the old words remain rather than being replaced by the new words that I typed. This just started recently. It's not a problem in this letter (I just tried) or when using the Internet, just for Word docs and e-mail, which uses Word. Thanks, Robert.

Answer: There are a couple of things we can try here. Since I cannot see the computer it may be hard to diagnose. The first thing to do is to make sure that the Insert key has not been accidentally pressed on the computer. This will cause text to be appended to the current text rather than replacing the text. Go into Word and try it again but this time try pressing the Insert key on your keyboard once and then see if it changes anything. You won’t see an indication on the keyboard but Word will display OVR in the status bar on the bottom when its activated.

Next you can go into your Word options and make sure that the Typing Replaces Selection option is checked. Go to Tools, Options and then the Edit tab. It will be the first box on the top left. The Typing Replaces Selection option deletes the selected text when you begin to type. If you clear this check box, Word inserts new text in front of the selected text and does not delete the selected text.

 

 



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