How do I activate "overtype" in Word for Mac 2011?

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Last updated January 4, 2019 Views 19,803 Applies to:
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That checkbox is gone. However, I got the next best thing for you: a keyboard shortcut.

  • In the main menu bar, select Tools > Customize keyboard
  • In the list to the left (Categories), select All Commands
  • In the list to the right (Commands), select Overtype
  • Place your cursor in the Press new keyboard shortcut field
  • Type a key combination. Most Control + Key combinations are available. I would go for Control O, but you could use something abstruse, like Command Shift Option Control  F10. Word will tell you if the combination is available or taken.
  • Click Assign and OK.
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Add the Overtype toggle button to a tool bar or menu:

Go to View > Toolbars > Customize Toolbars and Menus

With the All Commands category highlighted in the left pane, scroll down the alphabetized list in the right pane until you see Overtype. Click and drag the Overtype command to your toolbar of choice. I added it to my Standard toolbar. Now just click to toggle Overtype mode on or off. Just like the good ol' days.

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