How to change gedit from overwrite to insert mode.

Asked by alan pfeil on 2011-05-28

gedit help search does not seem to recognize either 'Insert' or 'overwrite' and I am locked into overwrite mode costing me lots of time and much frustration. I expected to find it in Preferences or Tools, or by clicking on the "OVR" in the bottom info panel, but nothing works.

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Best delance (olivier-delance) said : #1

On keyboard try button "Insert"

alan pfeil (apfeil-9) said : #2

WoW! Who would have thought it was that easy or so obvious when you know. how. What got me was that gedit seemed to open with INS or OVR set at random, and changed for no obvious reason, I could see.
 I remember now that I had the same problem, with the same solution, when I changed from the Amiga to Microsoft Word in Windows 98.
That group of keys are ones I never use, except for 'Delete'; no doubt that's how I changed it, without realizing I had hit the wrong key .
Thanks, Delance, a lot for not pointing out my stupidity. Bogan

delance (olivier-delance) said : #3

I did worse! Ask company help desk for unplugged LCD!