In insert mode, the text in front of the cursor is pushed forward when new text is inserted. For example, if the cursor is at position ^ and the word word3 is typed:

word1 word2

The result would be:

word1 word3word2

In override mode the result would be:

word1 word3

Can I switch between Insert mode and Override mode in OSX text editing?

  • please provide hardware information-model. – Ruskes Apr 7 '13 at 11:14
  • OSX Lion, MacBook Pro. I don't really understand the downvotes, by the way. It's a real question - I would be very happy to switch to override mode in some code editing scenarios. – Adam Matan Apr 7 '13 at 11:37
  • It was not me, I can not downvote. – Ruskes Apr 7 '13 at 11:42

As far as I know, normal OS X text views don't support anything like that.

In TextMate 1 you can use ⌥⌘O (Edit > Mode > Overwrite Mode).

In Word 2011 for Mac you can go to View > Toolbars > Customize Toolbars & Menus and drag Commands > All Commands > Overtype to a menu.


Similar to one earlier answer, in the 2011 Word for Mac, you can

  1. Go to the Tools menu,
  2. Select Customize Keyboard
  3. Select All Commands in the left-hand list of the dialog box
  4. Look for Overtype in the right-hand list, and
  5. Assign your own keyboard shortcut that will switch you between insert and overwrite/overytype.

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