How to Configure Overwrite Mode in Word 2007

By Tiesha Whatley

Overtype mode enables you to overwrite the current text of a document in Microsoft Word 2007 while typing. In earlier versions of Word, it was quite easy to switch between Insert mode, which inserts new text while retaining existing text, and Overtype mode: All you had to do was double-click the "ovr" indicator in the status bar or press the "Insert" key. With Microsoft Word 2007, this is no longer possible. You can still use Overtype mode, but you will have to configure Word 2007 to do so.

Step 1

Open Microsoft Word 2007.

Step 2

Click the "Office" button, which is the button in the top-left corner that has the Microsoft Office icon on it.

Step 3

Click the "Word Options" button at the bottom of the menu that appears.

Step 4

Click "Advanced" in the left-hand pane.

Step 5

Click "Use Insert key to control overtype mode" in the right-hand pane under the Editing Options header. To make the Overtype mode the default, click the check box next to "Use overtype mode." Click "OK."

Tips & Warnings

  • If you enable Overtype mode with the "Use overtype mode" option, you will need to press the "Insert" key to go to Insert mode. If you do not select "Use Insert key to control overtype mode" but do select "Use overtype mode," you will be in Overtype mode all the time in Word 2007.