How to Enable the Insert Key in Microsoft Word

Have you had problems using the insert key on your PC keyboard while typing in Microsoft Word? Thanks to Kirk M., our attention was brought to this insert key/Word issue with all PC keyboards (Das Keyboard included). Follow these instructions to enable your insert key.

How to Enable the Insert key in Microsoft Word:

  • Go to file > word options > advanced > editing options
  • Check the box that says, “use the Insert key to control overtype mode”
  • Now the insert key works.


  1. Thank you!!!!!!!! Extremely helpful to me this morning.

  2. No. It does not.

  3. Hi Dave, you may have realized this but the article is 4 years old, it is most likely not about the latest 2 versions of Microsoft word.

    It seems that some of your peers have found this useful and working.

    We apologize for the inconvenience.



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