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. c says:

    good form chester

  3. Heather says:

    I am having the same problem, but it works in Word and everywhere else….except AIM. I’ve never had this problem before. Any suggestions?

  4. hons says:

    thank you for your help, its been so annoying since I experienced this problem…

  5. David says:

    Thank you :)

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  8. Diana says:

    Thank you! I’m starting school soon and without this fix, writing 12 page essays would have been SO difficult! Thanks!

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  10. Alistair says:

    This has been a bitch for so long thank you very much!

  11. havoc627 says:

    Amazing. a simple fix is at #1 google result spot for this problem. great stuff.

  12. Sasha says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! THIS HAS BEEN DRIVING ME INSANE! I can’t believe how easy this was to google! I spent a good 3 hours searching through the Word database trying to find some sort of solution or even clue and got absolutely NOTHING.

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. ferdinand says:

    tx! i could cry

  14. Micha? says:

    Thanks MAN!! Things like that one You did really helps people :D

  15. HappyTyper says:

    Thank you sooo much! This has been driving me absolutely crazy!

  16. neineijian says:


  17. Lita says:

    THANKS! It’s been very annoying for me.

  18. anon says:

    Thank you sooo much! This has been driving me absolutely crazy! me oo.

  19. Daniel says:

    Thanks so much, it was really getting to me. Gotta have an assignment done for tomorrow and I use this so much.

  20. thanks says:

    wow, this has been bugging me for a long time, thank you

  21. JO says:


  22. Azra says:

    YOU are a life saver! this has been bugging me for ages and your the first link i clicked on for help!

  23. someoneuser says:

    Thààààààààààààààààànk YOU !!! from Belgium

  24. amanda says:

    thanks so much!!! it was really annoying me and i thought my computer was breaking down….

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