Text that is to the right of the insertion point disappears as you type in Word

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As you enter new text in the middle of a line in Microsoft Word, the text that is to the right of the insertion point may disappear as you type.


This behavior occurs when Overtype mode is turned on.


By default, any new text that you type in the middle of a line is inserted between existing text. When Overtype mode is turned on, any text that you type overwrites any text that is to the right of the insertion point. To turn Overtype mode on or off, use one of the following methods.

Use the Options command

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. Click the Edit tab.
  3. Under Editing options, do one of the following:
    • To turn Overtype mode on, click to select the Overtype mode check box.
    • To turn Overtype mode off, click to clear the Overtype mode check box.
  4. Click OK

Use the status bar

On the status bar, double-click OVR to turn Overtype mode on or off. When Overtype mode is on, OVR appears in black. When Overtype mode is off, OVR appears dimmed.

Use the INSERT key

Press INSERT to turn Overtype mode on or off. The status bar indicator (OVR) appears in black when Overtype mode is on, and appears dimmed when Overtype mode is off.

Use an AutoExec macro

Microsoft provides programming examples for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied. This includes, but is not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. This article assumes that you are familiar with the programming language that is being demonstrated and with the tools that are used to create and to debug procedures. Microsoft support engineers can help explain the functionality of a particular procedure, but they will not modify these examples to provide added functionality or construct procedures to meet your specific requirements. Create an AutoExec macro that turns Overtype mode on each time you start Word. To create this macro, follow these steps:
  1. On the Tools menu, point to Macro, and then click Macros.
  2. In the Macro name box, type AutoExec.
  3. In the Macros in box, click the documents or templates to which you want to apply this macro, and then click Create.
  4. In Visual Basic Editor, type the following:
    Application.Options.Overtype = True
  5. On the File menu, click Close and Return to Microsoft Word.


Article ID: 325719 - Last Review: February 1, 2007 - Revision: 3.2
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