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    text vanishing as you type (5.50.4522.1200)

    Does anyone know how to stop that annoying phenomenon where suddenly as you are composing an email, you make a change to something written previously and find that every letter you type replaces the letter in front of it, essentially wiping out any text in front of you as you type?

    This has been happening periodically for years, and my partner, who is currently overseas using a new laptop with Windows XP and all the new versions of OE etc, is complaining that it is happening all the time when she is composing emails. It appears to be a problem affecting all versions of OE and Windows generally. Happens from time to time in webmail as well (Hotmail, Yahoo, Email.com).

    Would be grateful for advice if anyone knows how to remedy this annoying problem.

    Cheers

    Ross

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    Re: text vanishing as you type (5.50.4522.1200)

    Hit the <Insert> key. This toggles entry mode from 'inserting' text to 'overtyping' text.
    (At a guess, the Insert key has been pressed by accident.)

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    Re: text vanishing as you type (5.50.4522.1200)

    A lot of keyboards can be customized, so if you never use Insert mode (it's not really that useful), there might be a way to assign that key to something more innocuous, like a space.

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    Re: text vanishing as you type (5.50.4522.1200)

    Thanks a lot Leif and jscher2000 - I think you may have solved this. Dumb to put up with this for years before seeking help. Cheers.

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