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Disable typing over text in front of the cursor

Posted in Computers & Technology by Micronion on the November 15th, 2007

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So you’re typing in a word document and everything you type seems to run right over the text in front of it — that is, instead of inserting more letters like you’re used to the computer erases an existing letter for every new letter you type. This is called “Overtype” and it’s an evil, evil feature that plagues windows computers. To disable the overtype mode, simply press the “Insert” button on your keyboard. To enable it, just press it again.

Note: Unlike the Caps Lock key, there is no light on your keyboard that will tell you if overtype is enabled or not. There is usually an indicator in your word document on the status bar that will say “OVR” if it is enabled.

More on overtype mode and the insert key can be found on Wikipedia here.

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  1. James said,

    on June 1st, 2009 at 11:49 am

    great.. thanks. :)

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    on June 5th, 2009 at 8:34 am

    OH MY GOODNESS THANK YOU WHOEVER YOU ARE!!!!! BRILLIANT!!! 😀

  3. Yup said,

    on August 18th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Entirely useless and annoying feature. Truly truly evil…

    Thanks for the tip.

  4. Vanessa said,

    on October 18th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Thank You!!

  5. SecretestAgent said,

    on February 1st, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I write a lot and that crap has always bothered the crap out of me. Especially now that I writing computer code.

  6. JH said,

    on October 21st, 2013 at 9:00 am

    This is perfect! I’d somehow turn this dreadful feature on (or my cat would!) and couldn’t get it off without restarting the computer. This works great. THANK YOU!

  7. Jewel said,

    on November 7th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Thank you! You just saved me hours of frustration. I usually use a Mac and didn’t even know the PC had an insert key!

  8. Rhea said,

    on November 11th, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Thank you!! I have always had this problem and never knew about this!!! You are wonderful!

  9. Alice said,

    on June 23rd, 2015 at 4:46 am

    I think I might actually love you.
    Thanks!

  10. April said,

    on June 30th, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    I googled “turn off evil type over setting” but I wasn’t expecting to find an article that actually called it evil, too!! XD

  11. Fred said,

    on July 23rd, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Type over was accidentally activated on facebook,
    Held down fn key then pressed delete/insert key to turn off

  12. Sandra said,

    on July 26th, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    THANK YOU! Long time problem solved.
    For those who are confused about where the keys are:
    “fn” is on the bottom left, next to the Ctrl key.
    “delete” is the 5th key to the left on the right side of the top row.
    “insert” is the numeral “0” key.

    Press fn, and while holding down fn, press the delete and insert keys at the same time. It works! No more typing on top of text.

  13. Duryodhan said,

    on October 15th, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    What about so-called caps lock . On a Wintel keyboard, it’s not: it’s a caps toglge. If you hold the shift key while caps lock is on, it goes back to lower case.Apple got this one right.

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    Thank you! This was driving me INSANE!

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