Windows 7 - Editing text

Asked By pj on 21-Feb-08 10:01 PM
Is there a way to change the way you make corrections in composing an email
message?  Whenever I try to insert another sentence in front of one I've
already typed, it does the "overtype" thing instead of simply inserting the
text.  I know how to do it with Outlook and Windows 98, but can't figure it
out with Windows mail and Vista!!!




Bob replied on 21-Feb-08 10:11 PM
Press the Insert button on your keyboard.
R. C. White replied on 21-Feb-08 10:11 PM
Hi, PJM.

Are you composing the email in Windows Mail or Windows Live Mail?  Or
Outlook Express (in WinXP)?  Or are you using your browser and the web-based
interface?  The answer depends on facts that you haven't yet told us.

I use WLM, and the Compose window behaves very much like OE6 did.

RC
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R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
rc@grandecom.net
Microsoft Windows MVP
(Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64 SP1)
pj replied on 21-Feb-08 10:23 PM
Thanks, I will try that.
pj replied on 21-Feb-08 10:24 PM
I am composing in Windows Mail.
replied on 22-Feb-08 07:38 AM
I believe you have to hit the Insert key to turn this feature on or off.
Does
your keyboard have such a key?
R. C. White replied on 22-Feb-08 10:19 AM
Hi, PJM.

I seldom use WM since WLM "went gold" last November.  But a quick check this
morning shows that it works as it always did - just like OE6 and WLM.

My keyboard does not have an Insert key and I miss it.  My older keyboards
always used that key to toggle between Insert Mode and Overtype Mode.
Simply pressing the Insert key would change the behavior - in either
direction.  Does your keyboard have an Insert key?  What happens if you
press it and then type something in the middle of a sentence?

After searching several Help files, I still haven't found a substitute for
the Insert key on a keyboard like mine (Microsoft Wireless Comfort Keyboard,
part of the Wireless Laser Desktop 6000).  There is an Insert button on my
Menu bar, but it is not for this function.

All I can do is highlight the text that I want to overtype before I start
typing.

RC
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R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
rc@grandecom.net
Microsoft Windows MVP
(Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64 SP1)
mac replied on 22-Feb-08 11:03 AM
Hi there RC, did you try out Programs>Accessories>Ease of Access>on-screen
keyboard?

That has it :-))

mac
Bob replied on 22-Feb-08 11:31 AM
R. C.,
Can you use the 0 key on the numeric keypad when NumLock is off to toggle
between Insert Mode and Overtype Mode?
R. C. White replied on 22-Feb-08 05:35 PM
Hi, mac.

No, I didn't try the on-screen keyboard.  The lack of an Overtype mode
hasn't really bothered me.  I was just trying to help the OP solve the
problem, so I hope "pjm" will see your tip.

RC
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R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
rc@grandecom.net
Microsoft Windows MVP
(Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64 SP1)