Insert Key


Dear Computer Lady,

Sometimes when I am typing an email I must accidentally hit a key that allows my typing to go into overwrite and then I have no idea how to change it back – what am I doing and how do I remedy this?

Thank you for your continued assistance. Sharon

Dear Sharon,

What you are doing is accidentally hitting the “Insert” key on your keyboard. All you have to do to change it back is hit the insert key again.

In many programs, pressing the insert key turns on an “overtype mode”. In this mode, what you type replaces the test in the document instead of pushing it over.

The insert key is a toggle key, which means that pressing it once turns it on, pressing it again turns it off.


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