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Word: Testing for Overtype Status in a Macro

PSS ID Number: Q44919 Article last modified on 11-02-1994

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The following is a workaround for the limitation of not being able to test for the status (on/off) of the Overtype feature (when it is on, OT will appear on the status line) from within a macro in Microsoft Word version 4.0, 5.0, or 5.5.

Include the following code in a Word version 4.0 or 5.0 macro:


Include the following code in a Word 5.5 macro:


The first <CTRL F5> or <ALT U>L turns on the Line Draw feature and automatically sets the Overtype status to off regardless of its previous value. The second <CTRL F5> or the <ESC> turns off the Line Draw and leaves the Overtype in the off position. The current status of the Overtype toggle is off.

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