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[Solved] How to stop new text from overwriting existing text

Postby S1L3N7 SWAT » Sun May 10, 2009 12:12 am

I'm referring to the feature that causes you to have to re-type an entire sentence when you go back to make a correction. I know, that makes no sense. Here's what I mean:

I type a sentence, then I notice I misspelled a word or want to change a word(s). I put the cursor with in the sentence, type the new word and it overlaps the word after it. It just deletes them and I have to re-type the whole sentence, even hitting the space bar causes them to be deleted. It seems to turn it's self on automatically.

It's really annoying and for the life of me I can't figure out how to disable it and I really need it gone. Writing about Friedrich Nietzsche requires a lot of revision and correction and I really hate having to re-type entire sentences.

Thanks.
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Re: Who do I disable this? (Not sure what it's called)

Postby floris v » Sun May 10, 2009 12:28 am

You hit the insert button (if you still have that on your keyboard) or you accidentally clicked the INS/OVR in the status bar. With that you're in overwrite mode and everything you type replaces existing text. Remedy is: repeat that action.

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Re: Who do I disable this? (Not sure what it's called)

Postby S1L3N7 SWAT » Sun May 10, 2009 12:34 am

That worked! Thank you so much, I think I did hit the Insert button.

WOW! Just realized I said "Who", not How. I need a break, been typing for 4 hours.
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Re: [Solved] How to stop new text from overwriting existing text

Postby busybee » Wed Jun 10, 2009 4:22 am

I am using MS word with Vista and am having the overwriting problem too. The Insert key is not the cause (I have tried that several times) and I cannot see OVR appearing anywhere on the screen with the word doc. Is there anything else that causes text to overwrite? Any help greatly appreciated!
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Re: [Solved] How to stop new text from overwriting existing

Postby starbright57 » Fri Jun 19, 2015 6:05 am

yay it worked! thank you. Thought I would post because I am using Windows 7.
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Re: [Solved] How to stop new text from overwriting existing

Postby RoryOF » Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:49 pm

busybee wrote:I am using MS word with Vista and am having the overwriting problem too. The Insert key is not the cause (I have tried that several times) and I cannot see OVR appearing anywhere on the screen with the word doc. Is there anything else that causes text to overwrite? Any help greatly appreciated!


Pressing the Insert Key should sort out the problem. OpenOffice 2.3.X is a very old version - you should change to the latest, OO 4.1.1, downloading only from
http://www.openoffice.org/download
This will transfer you to a SourceForge server and your download will start automatically in 5 - 10 seconds. Do not click on anything else. You can verify the downloaded file by the methods described in
Apache OpenOffice - How to verify the integrity of the downloaded file?
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Re: [Solved] How to stop new text from overwriting existing

Postby RusselB » Fri Jun 19, 2015 1:14 pm

I'm hoping that the poster you were replying to, Rory, namely busybee, found a solution on their own, as their post is over 6 years old.
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Re: [Solved] How to stop new text from overwriting existing

Postby RoryOF » Fri Jun 19, 2015 1:23 pm

I hadn't noticed the posting date - I had just observed that it was not replied to when I approved the post after it. However, the information in my post is still valid.
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