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    Insert Key (XP 2002)

    How do I turn off the insert / overtype key permanently?

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    Disable Insert Key Switching to Overtype (XP 2002)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by jscher2000 on 17-Sep-03 18:27. Second suggestion added.)</P>On the Tools>Options>Edit tab Word offers you the option to use INS for paste. That's one approach. Another is to remove the key assignment that associates the Insert key with Overtype mode.

    1. <LI>Right-click the end of the menu bar and choose Customize... from the bottom of the Toolbar list.
      <LI>Click the Keyboard... button and make sure that Normal.dot is listed in the "Save changes in" drop-down box.
      <LI>Scroll down the Categories list and choose All Commands. Click in the Commands list and press p, then up arrow. Overtype should be selected, and Insert should appear in the Current keys box.
      <LI>Highlight Insert and the Remove button should become enabled. Click Remove and then Close.
    If Word asks you whether you want to save changes to Normal.dot when you exit Word, say Yes, otherwise this change will be lost. To save Normal.dot immediately, if you don't mind saving all open documents, hold the Shift key and click the File menu. You should have a Save All option which will save Normal.dot as well as the open files.

    Hope this helps! (And thanks for asking, I had forgotten to do this on my new computer.)

    Added: You also can assign a custom macro to the Insert key if you prefer not to leave it "unassigned." Something like this should do it:

    Sub InsertDoNothing()
    ' Assign the Insert key to this macro to NEVER enter Overtype mode
    Options.Overtype = False
    End Sub
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    Re: Insert Key (XP 2002)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Phil Rabichow on 17-Sep-03 18:33. to remove incorrect information)</P>What I would NOT do is go to Tools/Options/Edit tab/ & check the box that says use the Insert key for paste (sorry Woody, I know you advised that in Word 97 Annoyances <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>). If you think it's disconcerting to be typing & all of a sudden you find you've been deleting character for character, wait until you're typing along & suddenly paste in 5 paragraphs into the middle of a word!! Remember, you'll still hit it accidentally just as often.

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    Re: Disable Insert Key Switching to Overtype (XP 2002)

    Thank You jscher.
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