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When you try to delete text in a document in Microsoft Word 2002 or in a later version of Microsoft Word by using the BACKSPACE key, the BACKSPACE key does not function as expected. That is, the BACKSPACE key does not delete the text.
This issue occurs when the following conditions are true.
Additionally, this issue may occur if the Typing replaces selection option is off.
To work around this issue, use one of the following methods.
Method 1: Change the viewIn the Display for Review list, change the view to either Final Showing Markup or Original Showing Markup.
Method 2: Move the insertion point past the hidden textUse the RIGHT ARROW key or the LEFT ARROW key to move the insertion point past the hidden text. Then you can use the BACKSPACE key to delete the visible text.
Method 3: Turn on the "Typing replaces selection" optionThe Typing replaces selection option deselects selected text as soon as you start to type. If you click to clear this check box, Word inserts the text that you type in front of selected text but does not delete the selected text. To delete the selected text, turn on the Typing replaces selection option. To do this, follow these steps: