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When you press the INSERT (INS) key on the keyboard, the typing mode does not switch from insert to overtype or vice versa.
By default, this key is not assigned to switch between overtype and insert mode.
To correct this problem in Windows, install Microsoft Word 97 Service Release 1 (SR-1). To work around this problem, use the method appropriate for your situation.
Method 1: Assigning the Overtype Command to a Shortcut KeyTo activate the INSERT key, do the following:
Method 2: Select the Overtype Option
Method 3: Use the Status BarWith the status bar displayed, double-click OVR. This method sets the typing mode for the current session only.
Method 4: Use a Macro to Switch Between Overtype and Insert ModesCreate the following Visual Basic for Applications macro:
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(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/163547/EN-US/ )Word 97: How to Create Custom Toolbars and Toolbar Buttons
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/165517/EN-US/ )Overview of Visual Basic Editor Debugging Tools
This behavior does not occur in Microsoft Word 97 for Windows, Service Release 1 (SR-1). In Service Release 1, this feature behaves the way it did in Word for Windows versions 7.0 and earlier.
To disable the use of the INSERT key to change the Overtype mode in Microsoft Word 97 for Windows SR-1, follow these steps:
Article ID: 198148 - Last Review: January 23, 2007 - Revision: 2.1
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