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The insert key does not allow me to type over an existing sentence. Does HP have this functionality?

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I was having the same problem on a new HP keyboard. I found a solution for my issue in the WORD 2010 help menu:
"To change the overtype settings so that you can access overtype mode by pressing INSERT, do the following:

  1. Press ALT+F, T to open Word Options.
  2. Press A to select ADVANCED, and then press TAB.
  3. Press ALT+O to move to the Use the Insert key to control overtype mode check box.
  4. Press SPACEBAR to select the check box, and then press ENTER.
To turn Overtype mode on or off, press INSERT."

Posted on Feb 13, 2011

  • bluebuggie73 Apr 04, 2011

    thanks so much. I didn't realize how much I relied on the "Insert" key until I couldn't use it.

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