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Weekly Computer Tip # 192
30 March 2007

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disable the Insert key (Microsoft Word)

Have you ever accidentally hit the Insert (INS) button on your keyboard only to find yourself typing new characters over existing ones? Annoying, isn't it? Well, you can "remap" the key, so that it will be used as an alternative for "Paste" (have a look at the Edit tab from the Tools/Options command) but if you prefer you can also disable the key completely.

Here's how:

  1. Choose the Tools, Customize command to open the Customize dialog box.
  2. Click on the Keyboard button at the bottom of the Command tab.
  3. Select the All Commands option in the Categories list.
  4. In the Commands list, select Overtype.
  5. In the Current keys box, select Insert.
  6. Click the Remove button.
  7. Click the Close button.

Here's the science bit ... This change will be saved in your Normal template, which means that this affects all documents based on that template. Which means you only have to do this once. Yippee!

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Until next week.

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