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Typing In A Blank Word Document

When you create a new blank document, you can just start typing text into it, like this. Each new word you type appears after the last one. You can see that the document quickly grows as you continue typing.

Editing Existing Text

You can also edit existing text. If you place the cursor in front of a word and start typing, by default what you type will be insered in front of the existing word, and will push it along.

Deleting Text

To delete a letter, you can place the cursor before it and press the Delete key on the keyboard, or you can place the cursor after the letter and press the backspace key. And let's just get rid of this final "t" by pressing the delete key. And get rid of this space here by pressing the backspace key.

If you hold down the delete key or the backspace key, then Microsoft Word will carry on deleting, like this.

Insert Mode

Earlier, I said that if you place the cursor before a word and then start typing, what you type will be inserted before that word - like this. Well, that's because insert mode is on. You can toggle insert mode on and off by pressing the insert key on the keyboard. So if I press Insert now, and then start typing, you can see that what I type replaces words already in the document. In other words, it overtypes it. And to switch insert mode on again, just press Insert again, and start typing.

If you find that pressing the Insert key has no effect on whether the text you type is inserted or overtypes existing text, then it's time to check out Word Options, and we do that by clicking the File tab > Options, and we need to be in teh Advanced section, so click Advanced. And Use the Insert key to control overtype mode. So, if pressing the Insert key has no effect, then there's a good chance that this box is unchecked. So you need to make sure that this box is checked, and then click OK.

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