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4 Ways to Disable Overtype Mode in Word 2007-2016

While typing in a Word document, you suddenly find newly entered texts are replacing the original ones. This happens when you have accidentally hit the Insert key on your keyboard, overtype mode will be activated. In this mode, when you type new text, the existing characters will be overwrote. Use one of the following methods to disable Overtype mode can help fix this problem.

To Disable Overtype Mode in Word, here's how:

Way 1: Press Insert key again to switch back to Insert mode.

Switch to Insert mode

Way 2: Save document, close and reopen Word. Then Word will switch to Insert mode itself.

Close and reopen Word

Way 3: You can configure Word to always display the current mode, overtype or insert, in the Status bar.

1. Right-click on the Status bar which is located at the bottom of the Word window.

2. Click to check in Overtype.

Display current mode Overtype or Insert in the Status bar

You'll see Overtype or Insert is now displayed on the left side of the Status bar.

To disable Overtype mode, click it to show Insert  on the Status bar.

Use Insert mode


Way 4: Disable Overtype Mode using Word Option Menu

With this way, you can also disable Overtype mode controlled by Insert key on keyboard.

1. In Word, click File tab, select Option.

2. In the Word Options dialog box, click Advanced.

3. Under Editing Options, click Use overtype mode to remove its check mark. To prevent accidentally switching overtype mode, click to clear the Use the Insert key to control overtype mode check box.

Disable Overtype Mode control by Insert