Windows 10 Stupid question?

Discussion in 'Windows 10 Help and Support' started by MikeHawthorne, Sep 20, 2015.

  1. MikeHawthorne

    MikeHawthorne Essential Member
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    Hi

    This is something that's bothered me for years, so I'm finally asking for help.

    When I'm typing in this forum or others I sometime accidentally hit some key that causes my computer to go into over-typing mode.

    I've tried looking for an answer but I only find info about how to do it through the Word menus, no key strokes.

    It seems like the key that I'm hitting is in the lower left of the keyboard but when I try to do it on purpose I can't get it to work.

    The only way I can get it to stop is close Chrome and restart it.

    Anyone know how to get out of this mode once I get in?

    Mike
     
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  3. MikeHawthorne

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    Hi

    What I'm talking about is when you go back to make corrections and it replaces the letter ahead of where you are typing so you can't insert anything without retyping the entire line.

    it only happens once in a while, but it's happened for years.

    It did it again tonight which prompted me to finally ask about it.

    Mike
     
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    I'm not sure I follow ... can you post a ved?

    Some keyboards still have the old short-cut type codes in them eg, [ctrl] + [h] to open history but they normaly/ should get disabled when you type inside a text box?
     
  5. davehc

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    I think your insert key is a little to prominent. I would suggest you are accidentally hitting it??

    There is a program, which I have used, called Sharpkeys, which can reprogam the insert key for you, if you do not have any particular use for it.

    SharpKeys - Home
     
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  6. MikeHawthorne

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    Hi Guys

    Dave got it!

    I don't know that hitting the Insert key is what causes it, but it does turn it off.

    My insert key is nowhere near where my fingers are at on the keyboard when I'm typing, it's actually on a separate keypad off to the right of the regular keys.

    I have to lift my hand up and move it over to hit it.

    I've always felt that I was hitting some key combination in the lower left of the keyboard when it happened but, as I said when I experimented I couldn't find any combination of keys that did it.

    But to tell the truth, I had no idea what the Insert key was used for (kind of like the End key)!

    Anyway all I really needed to know was how to turn it off, and hitting the Insert key does that.

    Thanks for the help, I looked online on several occasions and didn't find this.

    Mike

    I just noticed that I used the word "Insert" in my second message in this post, I was that close to the answer! LOL
     
  7. ussnorway

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    [ctrl] + [i] perhaps?
    Happy you have it sorted and well spotted @davehc o_O
    btw
    [ctrl] + [end] = jump to bottom and is helpful on long webpages... [ctrl] + [home] = jump to top.
     

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