OverType mode vs. Insert mode in Microsoft Word

In this post, you’ll learn about overtype mode and insert mode in Microsoft Word document.

Overtype Mode

In Overtype mode, when text is added to a document where there is existing text, it is replaced by the newly added text as it’s entered, character by character. 

Insert Mode

But in Insert mode, the new text that is added to a document moves the current text forward, to the right of the cursor, to accommodate the new text as it’s typed or pasted into the document. It’s the default mode in Microsoft Word.

How to Change Insert and OverType modes in Word?

To change the settings for Overtype mode in Microsoft Word, follow these steps:

  • Go to File, and click Options.
OverType mode vs. Insert mode in Microsoft Word
  • In the Word Options dialog box, choose Advanced.
OverType mode vs. Insert mode in Microsoft Word
  • In the Editing options section:
  • To use the Insert key to control Overtype mode, select the Use Insert key to control overtype mode.
OverType mode vs. Insert mode in Microsoft Word
  • To permanently enable Overtype mode, select the Use overtype mode.
  • Click OK.
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