Highlight and backspace doesn’t work – Microsoft Word

My roommate just had this problem with Microsoft Word 2003, and I found the fix using the Google search engine. Here’s what you do:

Tools -> Options -> Edit
Check “Typing Replaces Selection”

That’s all my roommate had to do. For the sake of completeness, the fix also says:

Tools -> Options -> General
Uncheck both options that have WordPerfect in them

Hope this helps someone.

197 Responses to “Highlight and backspace doesn’t work – Microsoft Word”

  1. Thank you says:


  2. Michael L says:

    omg omg omg thank you so much. this helped out a lot

  3. shani says:

    happend to friend of mine.

    i tried to do as u said:

    *** Tools -> Options -> Edit
    *** Check “Typing Replaces Selection”


  4. Bhavika says:

    Thanks, this is a godsend!

  5. shawn says:

    thank you so much!!

  6. rawr says:


    but honestly, dude, that actually helped
    i’m stoked for nerdness

  7. Me says:

    Thanks so much man!

  8. Shade 1337 says:

    I thank you very much. I was getting really angry with the program. I had a science project due tommorow and you saved me. Thank you very much.

  9. Sri says:

    Thanks a lot… I was frustrated with this issue and tried to demand a new PC from my company! Thanks!!!

  10. Rajesh says:

    Thanks. It was a really quick fix. My keyboard is fine. :)

  11. Shade 1337 says:

    For the author named omfg yes i am 1337.

    50 570p 7|-|1N|0/\/’7 1337 0|<?

  12. HAKFU says:

    You sir, are a FUCKING LEGEND! Thanks 1000 times over and over! You were more help then the microsoft arsehole guys and PC world, ‘we know dick all about computers’ tech guy!

  13. Jumbly says:

    Thank you so much. I looked everywhere to fix this. Thanks!

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  16. BackspaceLover! says:

    Woot! Thanks a lot!

  17. bob says:

    Thank you. It was driving me crazy. Bill Gates/microsoft
    is a man with a quest to make life more confusing!!!!!

  18. joe says:

    oooh yeeaaahhhh

    great man!!!

  19. Tamar says:

    Thank you soooo much! I had to use the delete key for days now. My fingers are just not used to it. Thanks again. You rock!

  20. Jason says:

    Thankyou so much 4 this!

  21. Louie says:

    YES YES YES YES YES. How the fuck it unchecked it self ? :/

    Tahnk you you helped me a lot.

  22. David says:

    Perfect!! Thank you so much :D

  23. sam says:

    dude, gotta add one more ty to the list – this was driving my friggin nuts.

  24. christi says:

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

  25. Atul says:

    Thank you !!! :)

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