How do i turn off overtype mode?

I couldn"t edit the text that was already typed. It overlaps the existing text. The cursor itself looks boxy instead of line.

It"s hard lớn explain with text, So here is a GIF what I mean.

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Any idea how to get rid of this annoying thing?

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Chrome Lathử nghiệm Windows 8.1 64 bit

I tried refreshing my Pinned Tab, But it still exist. When I opened in a new tab, it works fine but again after some days, again the same issue.


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As mentioned in comments, what you are experiencing is consistent with being in "overtype/overwrite" mode, as opposed khổng lồ "insert" mode (the usual default). This mode is usually toggled by simply hitting the Insert or Ins on your keyboard. (Which might require a key combination on some keyboards - particularly laptops.)

I get the same result if I hit the Ins key whilst composing a Gmail message, although there is no indication as to the selected mode in Gmail (or the browser) itself.

Bizarrely a lot of other people seem to have experienced the same problem in Gmail without having knowingly triggered overtype mode on their keyboard. Although the threads I"ve sầu seen on the subject don"t appear to be entirely conclusive, it maybe that on some keyboards, overtype mode might be triggered inadvertently with some alternative key combinations.


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answered May 2 "15 at 13:26
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In case it helps anyone - I think one reason people might think that the insert key does not work in Gmail is that it only seems to toggle between modes when in the message body of a compose window. In the subject line insert seems not to have any effect. I encountered this và if it is happening in the Subject line you need to move sầu to lớn the main compose window khổng lồ toggle. It is also worth noting that it does not change across accounts if you have several different gmail addresses open. It is only for the one tin nhắn trương mục that you accidentally activated it on.


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I"ve had this happen khổng lồ me while using Gmail via Chrome with no idea on how. I finally figured out how on my particular laptop. I seem to lớn have accidentally punched the "fn" key và the "PrtSc" key at the same time. My particular "PrtSc" key also has "ins" in tiny letters in the top left of the key. Clicking them again at the same time turns the overtype mode bachồng off. I also have "ins" at the bottom of the "0" on my attached number keypad, but that doesn"t seem lớn trigger the overtype mode for me.


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I ran inlớn the same issue. I was able to find my insert key, và it did not appear it was functioning.

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It appears that google chrome và more specifically tin nhắn only "enable the toggle" of overtype mode in certain text boxes, however, this overtype mode once enabled is applied lớn other text boxes. So....

If your Insert key works (i.e. works in word or excel given enabling the key) but you are struggling in gmail. This could be the issue:

COMPOSE a new message

go down to the BODY of the new tin nhắn (not the subject) & my insert key is functional there, toggling Overtype on & off. If I toggle overtype ON & then trash that message, overtype is still enabled for various parts of email. However in the search bar, or even the subject line of a message, the insert key is not enabled, meaning it can"t be toggled off.

reply to lớn a message, or COMPOSE a new message, go to the toàn thân of the email, & the insert key once again can toggle Overtype on or off.

Hope this helps someone.


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I was having the same problem but with google tasks when attempting to add a note to lớn the task. I was able lớn go out of the note and click on a main task body toàn thân then hit the insert button on the keyboard. When I went baông chồng into the notes it allowed me lớn edit again.

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