Turn on or off overtype mode

When you are editing text in overtype mode, typing new characters replaces any existing characters to the right side of the insertion point.

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Which program are you using?


Access

  • Click the cell in which you want to overtype text, and then press INSERT or INS to turn on or off overtype mode.

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Excel

  • Double-click the cell in which you want to overtype text, and then press INSERT or INS to turn on or off the overtype mode.

 Note   The Allow editing directly in cells check box must be selected (it is selected by default). To select or clear this check box, click the Microsoft Office Button Button image, then at the bottom of the dialog, click Excel Options, and then in the left pane, click Advanced. The check box is under the Editing options section.

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Outlook

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. In the Options dialog box, click the Mail Format tab.
  3. Under Editor options, click Editor Options.
  4. In the Editor Options dialog box, click Advanced.
  5. Under Editing Options, select or clear the Use overtype mode check box.

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Project

  1. Select the cell in which you want to overtype text, and then press F2.
  2. Press INSERT or INS to turn on or off overtype mode.

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Word

  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button Button image, and then at the bottom of the dialog, click Word Options.
  2. In the left pane, click Advanced.
  3. Under Editing options, select or clear the Use overtype mode check box.

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Applies to:
Access 2007, Excel 2007, Outlook 2007, Project 2007, Word 2007