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My backspace is messed up in Microsoft Word

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My backspace is messed up in Microsoft Word. When I highlight something and press backspace, it doesn't delete what I've highlighted. it used to but for some reason it isn't doing it now. Please help me fix this because I've alwaysed used backspace for this and can't switch to delete now.
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by:HighTechGeek
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Can you use the backspace key in other cases?

For example, when you just have the flashing cursor, does the backspace key delete the character to the left of cursor?

Try opening another application (notepad or this comment box, for example). Type some text, select it and hit backspace. Does it work as expected?

Have you tried another keyboard? Shut down the PC, swap the keyboard and restart... test the backspace key again.
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by:erichranz
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Go to TOOLS then OPTIONS.
Check "Typing replaces selection".

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by:erichranz
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Sorry... it's on the EDIT tab.
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by:hollow3
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alright, thx. i'll try it out once i get home. and do you know how to chage it so i dont have to hit insert everytime i type something behind something ive already typed?
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erichranz earned 50 total points
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There is a checkbox on the same EDIT tab for 'Overtype Mode'.  Make sure this box is unchecked.
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thanks a ton man
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