By default, when you select text and start typing, Microsoft Word replaces the selected text. However, it is possible to stop Word from deleting the selected text when you type. You can enable or disable this setting using Word Options, Local Group Policy Editor, or Registry Editor.
When you configure Microsoft Word setting to stop removing selected text when typing, you need to press the Backspace or Delete button after selecting the text to delete it.
In this gearupwindows article, we will guide you on enabling and disabling Word from deleting selected text as you type.
How to Stop Microsoft Word from Removing Selected Text as you Type in Word Options?
To make Microsoft Word stop deleting selected text as you type in Word Options, use these steps:-
Step 1. Open the Microsoft Word document.
Step 2. Click on the
Step 3. Select
Step 4. In the Word Options panel, switch to the
Step 5. Uncheck the option
Quick Note: Check the option
Step 6. Click the
How to Prevent Microsoft Word from Removing Selected Text as you Type using Group Policy Editor?
If you want to block Microsoft Word from deleting selected text as you type using Windows 11/10 Local Group Policy Editor, do the following:-
Step 1. Open Local Group Policy Editor.
Step 2. Then, navigate or browse to the following path in the left sidebar:-
User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Microsoft Word 2016 > Word Options > Advanced
Step 3. On the right sidebar of the “Advanced” folder, double-click on the policy name
Step 4. Select
Quick Note: Choose the
Step 5. Click
Step 6. Click
Step 7. At last, restart your PC to apply the changes.
How to Enable or Disable Removing Selected Text when Typing in Word using Registry Editor?
To turn on or off deleting selected text while typing in Word using Windows 11/10 Registry Editor, do these steps:-
Step 1. Open Registry Editor.
Step 2. Then, browse or navigate to the following key in the left sidebar of Registry Editor:-
Step 3. Next, right-click on the
Step 4. Name this new key as
Step 5. Now, right-click on the
Step 6. Name the newly created key as
Step 7. After that, right-click on the
Step 8. Name the newly created REG_DWORD as
Step 9. Now, double-click on the
- 0: Block removing the selected text while typing.
- 1: Allow deleting the selected text while typing.
Step 10. Click
Step 11. At last, reboot your PC to apply the changes.