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How to overtype text in Word
Authored by: incogenator on Nov 03, '09 05:38:50AM

i can't find that overtype button at the bottom of the window on word mac 2008. i think it may have been removed. furthermore, a search for 'overtype' in word's help files does not bring up anything but the option can be set under preferences -> edit -> overtype mode toggle.

i have no idea why this is not documented in the help files by careless Microsoft.



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How to overtype text in Word
Authored by: incogenator on Nov 03, '09 05:44:03AM

"The OVR button in the status bar works with Mac 2004. However, it was was removed in Word 2008. Another option for Word 2008 is to click Customize Toolbars and Menus on the View menu. Click the Commands tab and select Overtype from the All Commands category. Then you can either add the OVR command to a toolbar or create a keyboard shortcut."
from a getsatisfaction.com user



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How to overtype text in Word
Authored by: incogenator on Nov 03, '09 05:44:40AM

The OVR button in the status bar works with Mac 2004. However, it was was removed in Word 2008. Another option for Word 2008 is to click Customize Toolbars and Menus on the View menu. Click the Commands tab and select Overtype from the All Commands category. Then you can either add the OVR command to a toolbar or create a keyboard shortcut.



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How to overtype / overwrite text in Word (2008 & 2011)
Authored by: nadeem on Jun 07, '11 04:31:33AM

Thank you for the tip above here. I rarely use Overtype but occasionally it's invaluable for completing basically assembled forms in word where form authors have relied (a little annoyingly, albeit well intended) on the use of underscores to block out a fillable area.

Just as an fyi, for Microsoft Word 2011 on a Mac, to use Overtype you have the same two options you had on Office 2008.


Option #1: Set in preferences (less useful, bit fiddly, but quick for a one off)

Word > Preferences > Edit > Overtype (toggle box)



Option #2.: Add a Custom Menu command for "Overtype"

View > Toolbars > Customize Toolbars & Menus > (Click "Commands" tab) > (Click "All Commands" filter) > Overtype (drag either to menu or toolbar)

I put under "Edit" menu. If you really want the toolbar button, with Word 2011 and the new "Ribbon", it seems to only let you drag the custom toolbar entry to the toolbar at very top of the Word window.


Hope this helps - I was surprised at how tricky this was to find, too!



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