How to Enable or Disable Overtype Mode in Microsoft Word?

If you have typed a sentence in Microsoft Word and later understand that something is missing, you would like to add or edit the sentence. If you will add something in the middle of the sentence, place your cursor there and start typing. It will add the words continuously; that is the default setting of the MS Word application.

Though, if you want to add new words and remove all the existing ones as you type, you need to enable overtype mode in such conditions. Overtype mode lets you replace or remove the following words automatically as you start typing in the middle of the sentence.

Usually, this feature is not enabled on Word, which may create unnecessary confusion. However, you will allow the overtype mode in Word if you want. Apart from helping this feature permanently, you can use the Insert key to toggle this function in Word.

In this risewindows article, we will guide you on turning On and Off the Overtype Mode in Microsoft Word.

How to Turn On or Off Overtype Mode in Microsoft Word?

Do these steps to enable or disable Overtype Mode in Microsoft Word:-

Step 1. Open the Microsoft Word document.

Step 2. Hit on the File menu.

Step 3. Pick Options in the left sidebar.

Step 4. Switch to the Advanced tab in the Word Options panel.

Step 5. Under the “Editing options” section, you will see two related settings:-

  • Use the Insert key to control overtype mode.
  • Use overtype mode.

If you need to have an option to toggle this setting, you can utilize the Insert key. Check the checkbox “Use the Insert key to control overtype mode” for that feature. Though, to enable the overtype mode permanently, check the checkbox Use overtype mode.

Step 6. At last, click the OK button to save the changes.

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