Posted Thu, 12/23/10
Somehow or other, I inadvertently hit a command on my keyboard last night that activated the "typeover" function. I didn't realize it until I got back into editing this morning, when every new character typed gobbled up the text in front of it. I never use the typeover feature for obvious reasons, so my mind suddenly went blank as how to turn it off.
Thanks to the Standard Windows Keyboard Layout visual and detail from SEO Consultants, I was back to normal within minutes. The trick is to use the "Insert" key to turn the typeover function on or off.
If typeover is on, you'll see the status "OVR" at the bottom-right of your text document.
I felt like an idiot for not figuring it out myself but as mentioned, I never use the typeover tool. Who uses the function? What purpose does it serve? I'm not sure. I can't imagine anything worse than to be typing along, and then looking to the screen to find existing text written over by new. I always save my working documents several times a day, but it's still disconcerting to see your work swallowed up as you plug along.
Another lesson learned.
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Tags: Web Design/Computer Misc