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Enabling and Disabling the Insert Key in Microsoft Word 2010

Posted By rupen On May 28, 2012 @ 11:11 AM In MS Office Help,MS Word | 8 Comments

John from Hawesville, KY writes:

I’ve got a problem with the “Insert” key. I can’t imagine why I would ever want the insert key activated in the first place, so is there some way to completely disable it?

I actually don’t know anyone who appreciates the Insert key. I presume it was a useful key once upon a time in the evolution of the computer. You can find out more from the following WorldStart tip: How to use the Insert Key [1].

To permanently disable it, you’d have to edit the Windows registry. However, since the Windows registry is a delicate (and possibly the most important aspect of the Windows Operating System), it is best not tamper with it. Even a minor mistake can lead to the dreaded Blue Screen of Death!

You should rather disable the Insert key from the word processor that you use. Fortunately, by default, Microsoft Word 2010 has the Insert key disabled. If someone has enabled this key by mistake, you can disable it by going to Advanced Options in the Word Options dialog box. Let me show you how this is done.

1.) Open Microsoft Word 2010.

2.) Click the Office button, located in the top left-hand corner and then click the Word Options button.

The Office Button in Microsoft Word 2010

The Office Button in Microsoft Word 2010

3.) Click Advanced in the Word Options dialog box.

The Word Options Dialog Box

The Word Options Dialog Box

4.) Deselect the check boxes highlighted in the image below. Remember, by default the Insert key is disabled in Microsoft Word 2010.

The Advanced Options of Microsoft Word 2010

The Advanced Options of Microsoft Word 2010

Hope this helps!

~Rupen Sharma


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[1] How to use the Insert Key: http://www.worldstart.com/how-to-use-the-insert-key/