How to Disable the Insert Key on a Computer

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How to Disable the Insert Key on a Computer. The Insert key on your computer is an easy key to turn on unintentionally and can cause a great deal of frustration. When this key is pushed, the overwrite mode is activated and instead of inserting text into your document, you end up replacing existing text. If you are one of the many people who have no use for this key, follow these steps to disable your Insert key.

  • Open up your Microsoft Word and click on the "Tools" menu. Choose "Customize" from the drop-down list. This will open the Customize window.

  • Select "Options" from the top tabs and hit the "Keyboard" button on the bottom of the window.

  • Scroll through the Categories list until you come to "All Commands" and highlight it. Move over to the Commands list and select "Overtype".

  • Click on the word "Insert" under the Current keys box and select "Normal" in the "Save Changes In" box. Hit the "Remove" button on the bottom of the window.

  • Choose the "Close" button on the Customize Keyboard and the Customize windows. Your have now disabled the Insert key from your computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Performing these steps will only disable the insert key for the logged in user.
  • To re-enable the insert key, return to the Customize Keyboard window and select "Reset All". Close out of all the windows and your Insert key will work again. This setting will change all your customizations to the keyboard and restore the default settings.
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