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Small Microsoft Word Problem

  1. Mar 12, 2006 #1
    Would anyone happen to know why I can't highlight a chunk of writing in Microsoft Word and then hit the backspace button to delete it? I press it but nothing happens so I now have to use the delete button which is odd...not used to it.:rofl:

    The backspace button will work if I simply place the cursor in front of what I want to delete and hold it in (Which is slower, obviously.) but highlighting things and then deleting them is out of the question for some reason.
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  3. Mar 12, 2006 #2
    I have tried to duplicate this fault by using different fonts. Breaking the document into sections. Saving and re-saving. I can't get it to occur.

    Have you tried rebooting your machine?
    If all else fails try re-installing Word.
  4. Mar 12, 2006 #3


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    Got this from a quick search:
  5. Mar 12, 2006 #4


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    AngelShare, I have had that problem before too. Don't know what brings it on, or what makes it go away. But next time it happens, I'll try -Job-'s idea.

    Just wanted you to know you're not crazy...
  6. Mar 12, 2006 #5
    Ah, thanks -Job-, got it fixed. Dave, if you're still having the same problem, go to Tools > Options > Edit, and make sure the "Typing replaces selection" option is checked. I have no idea how that got unchecked though...:)
  7. Mar 13, 2006 #6


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    I would suspect accidental invocation of a keyboard shortcut while typing. I find this seems to happen following a finger-fumble.
  8. Mar 13, 2006 #7
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    Hi all,
    Angelshare and Davec, this happens when you tick/untick the boxes, but *helpfully* ms have also made the keystroke - pressing the 'Inert' - also tick/untick these same boxes. Aren't we lucky <smirk>. :yuck:
    So, be careful using the useful 'home' / 'end' pageup/down keys, that you don't hit the 'insert' key.
    that's it.
    ps, looking for a way to teach my year 5 (9year olds) gravity - ideas on 'analogies for gravity' for this age group.........
  9. Mar 13, 2006 #8
    Ooops! just realsied that I'd typed 'Inert' and not 'Insert'. watatwit!
  10. Mar 13, 2006 #9
    Thanks for the post and answers. I was having this same problem on my computer at work.
  11. Jan 5, 2007 #10
    Tools - Options - Edit tab:

    Check "Typing Replaces Selection" checkbox
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