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How do I... Turn off overtype with the Insert key in Word permanently?
Word users often complain about the inadvertent press of the Insert key, which toggles Word into overtype mode. Here's a look at two ways you can permanently turn off that annoying Insert key functionality, along with a compromise technique that might be the best solution of all. From TechRepublic

Date Sensitive Warning:
May 22, 2006
Word Exploit
A potentially serious nastie has been released which could affect Microsoft Office users.

ZERO DAY WORD BUG It's being called a 'Zero Day' flaw which is geek-speak meaning there's no patch for the security breach.

There's NO fix for the security hole in Office which the virus exploits which makes it more serious than a usual warning.

The good news is that the current versions of the nastie are not yet spreading and the anti-virus companies have quickly updated their wares to detect the new threat.

The bad news is that that the underlying security flaw is not patched so there's potential for the same or other virus writers to take advantage of the flaw.

Microsoft already knew about this problem and is working on a patch for Word. It was intended to release that patch as part of the monthly release (in this case June 13 ).

How it Works: 

A Word document can be infected with a Trojan Horse called Trojan.Mdropper.H, this nastie takes advantage of the un-patched security hole in Word.

The Trojan makes it possible to run a new program on your computer, in this case a 'backdoor' called Ginwui.

A Backdoor program lets other people take control of your computer. Ginwui doesn't do anything bad at first but there's the potential for backdoor to be used later. Ginwui 'pings' a web site so someone knows that the backdoor is installed.

Backdoors can be used to track keystrokes on your computer, forward copies of documents, emails or passwords or use the computer to send viruses or spam to other computer users.

What Versions Are Affected or should I say, infected:
At this stage it seems that only Word 2003 is affected but that's by no means confirmed.

If you have Word 2002 (Office XP) then an infected document is reported to crash Word. It seems the exploit doesn't work but the attempt will crash Word 2002.

Some unconfirmed reports suggest that the same or similar exploit also applies to Excel and Powerpoint files and not just Word.

All versions of Windows and Windows Server seem to be at risk from Windows 98 onwards, but this is limited by the fact that Office 2003 will only run on Windows 2000 or XP.

Having installed the Backdoor a 'clean' version of the document is opened so an unsophisticated user might think that there was no infection. For more details check out the Symantec web site among many others.

For more detail, click the MDropper & Ginwui links below:

MDropper: 
http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/trojan.mdropper.h.html

Ginwui
http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/backdoor.ginwui.html

See Also: Microsoft advises 'safe mode' for Word
Following at least one targeted attack that exploits a flaw in the Office application, company tells users to run it in restricted mode.

Word Vulnerability Update:
More information, including workarounds, is available for last week's big news. Learn more in the Word Vulnerability Update. Read this story


TOP WORD QUESTIONS

Microsoft's tech support team handles a few calls every now and then. Well, OK, they handle a few MILLION calls every now and then, but what's a few zeroes among friends? The Microsoft Knowledge Base includes a frequently-updated article that lists the ten most commonly asked Word questions.

If you were wondering about any of those questions, do yourself and the tech support folks a favor. Don't call -hit the Web and read the answers that the tech support folks themselves use. Hop over to
http://support.microsoft.com/support/Word/wd2000top.asp and click away

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  1. Hidden File Detector v1.9
    Word 97-2002 can not detect some hidden items in a document. Hidden File Detector xan.
  2. I occasionally get e-mails asking why a document looks so different after deleting a section break in Microsoft Word. To tell you truth, I wouldn't know without seeing the before and after document, but Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 303333 may have the answer!
  3. 11 Tips for Creating Tables in Word
    Microsoft Word tables may be the unsung heroes of the document-formatting world. Are you comfortable creating them? Become a Word expert with these 11 tips—ranging from simple to sophisticated—to get you started showing off your data in Word.
  4. Office 97: Learn How to Use Web Find Fast
  5. Word Activates Your A:\ Drive This Is How To Stop It
  6. Make a launch file to connect to other documents on a burned CD
  7. Create Custom Keyboard Shortcuts
  8. Word 97, 2000: Create a Cover Letter and Resume in One File
  9. TOP TIP: SPELL CHECKER
  10. Ins and outs of bullets and numbering in Word - Off site content its all you ever wanted to know about Numbering and Bulleting.
    Microsoft Office Word 2003
    Microsoft Word 97, 2000, and 2002
  11. Like playing with toys? If so, then you will want to take a look at WordToys. It is exactly what it says. There is a free based version that the author hopes you'll like so much that you will hype for the full featured pay for play version. Check it out, it's free!
  12. Words shortcut list changes. How do I get it back?
  13. Add Borders
  14. Be Sure Borders Print
  15. EXTENDING YOUR VOCABULARY IN WORD
  16. QUICKLY CYCLE THRU WORD HEADING STYLES
  17. PASTE UNFORMATTED TEXT
  18. CHANGING WORD DOCUMENT DEFAULTS
  19. RECOVERING PAST WORD DOCUMENTS
  20. DISAPPEARING FONT SELECTION IN WORD
  21. MOVE CLIPART OVER TEXT IN WORD DOCUMENTS
  22. What are em dashes and en dashes? How do you use em? How do you create em?
  23. SEARCH WITHOUT WILDCARDS
  24. AUTOMATICALLY INSERT CAPTIONS WITH PICTURES IN WORD DOCUMENTS
  25. Decorative Boarders in Word 97
  26. Keystrokes for Word Alignment
  27. PUTTING A MACRO ON YOUR TOOLBAR
  28. RESIZING A PICTURE FOR OFFICE 97 PROGRAMS
  29. Using Word to fill in scanned forms:
  30.   " What's the difference in Word between changing the case of a word using the Change Case command and the 'All Caps' option in Format | Font? "
  31. Repeat a Find without the dialog box getting in the way

  32. WORKING WITH WORD'S AUTOCORRECT

  33. Windows - Alt Key Numeric Codes: 
  34. RUNNING MORE THAN ONE COPY OF WORD
  35. ADDING PAGE NUMBERS TO A WORD FOOTER
  36. NO HEADERS AND FOOTERS ON A WORD DOCUMENT'S FIRST PAGE
  37. INPUTTING TO A VARIABLE IN WORD 97
  38. MAKING WATERMARKS IN WORD
  39. PRINTING MULTIPLE WORD DOCUMENTS
  40. TURN A WORD TEXT BOX INTO A WORD SHAPE
  41. CORRECTING CAPS LOCK IN WORD
  42. Tracking Changes in Word is simple, If you know the Tools - A Woody's Office Watch Solution
  43. WHAT IS METADATA?
  44. USING WORD'S GRAMMAR RULES
  45. ADDING A WORKSHEET TO A WORD DOCUMENT
  46. OUTLOOK STUMBLES WITH MAIL MERGE
  47. What to do if the fonts become unintelligible-Microsoft Knowledgebase Article
  48. Want to be a macro guru? Try this Microsoft Knowledgebase article
  49. HYPHENATED NAMES IN WORD
  50. ADDING TO WORD'S AUTOTEXT
  51. FIND AND REPLACE DOUBLE SPACES IN WORD
  52. SWITCHING BETWEEN WORD DOCUMENTS
  53. CHECK THE STYLE IN WORD
  54. GO BACK TO WHERE YOU LEFT OFF IN WORD
  55. Using a Wildcard search in Word
  56. CONVERT A TEXT BOX TO A SHAPE IN WORD
  57. Reformatting in Word 97/2000
  58. CREATE SPECIAL TWO-PART SHORTCUT KEYS FOR WORD
  59. USE TABLES INSIDE A WORD TEXT BOX
  60. AUTOCORRECT CORRECTION
  61. How can I import and export all my AutoCorrect entries, so they can be transferred to another machine?
  62. DRAGGING FROM EXCEL TO WORD
  63. CHECK SPELLING, NOT GRAMMAR, IN WORD
  64. USING A SCANNED SIGNATURE IN WORD FORM LETTERS
  65. Stop Warping your mouse in large documents. Switch to sublight speed (It's a StarTrek thing). Make mouse selections in Word more manageable with these key mouse combinations.
  66. WORD UNDERLINE TEXT APPEARS AS STRIKETHROUGH
  67. OPENING A WORD DOCUMENT AS A COPY
  68. FITTING A WORD DOCUMENT ON A SINGLE PAGE
  69. SELECTING CELLS IN A WORD TABLE
  70. WORKING WITH BORDERS IN WORD 97
  71. REPEATING A FIND IN WORD DOCUMENTS
  72. REPEATING A STYLE IN WORD DOCUMENTS
  73. CONVERTING A TEXT BOX TO A SHAPE IN WORD
  74. CHECKING INDENTATION WITH WORD'S STYLE LIST
  75. No time to read a lengthy document? Have Word summarize it for you. Here is how
  76. Number lists in Word 97 get all fouled up. Why?
  77. THE LAST WORD IN FOOTNOTES
  78. OFFICE FILE CONVERTER PACK
  79. THE NEW ATTACHED TEMPLATE SECURITY EXPOSURE
  80. FIXING THE PAGE MARGINS-When your footers don't print
  81. MAKING WORD PICK UP WHERE IT LEFT OFF
  82. AUTO-WIDTHS IN WORD AND ELSEWHERE
  83. Need to add different foreign characters in your documents? Check out this article on making use of the AutoCorrect feature in word. Click here This is a downloaded RTF document.
  84. A COUPLA QUICK MACROS
  85. HOW TO REPEAT A FIND WITHOUT THE DIALOG BOX GETTING IN THE WAY
  86. Squishy Justification - Make Right Justify a little bit tighter - here is how
  87. Edit a Form Saved as a Word Template
  88. THE FINAL WORD IN WORD TABLES - Maybe...
  89. TRACKING CHANGES IN WORD 97 AND 2000
  90. Word Can't Count? Teach it!
  91. FORMATTING EXCEL SPREADSHEETS INSIDE WORD
  92. OVERRIDING WORD'S BUILT-IN MENUS AND COMMANDS - ALL VERSIONS
  93. MULTIPLE REFERENCES TO A SINGLE FOOTNOTE
  94. WORD OBJECT MODEL ODDITIES
  95. TAMING WORD'S SHOWALL WITH VISUAL BASIC
  96. INTELLINONSENSE
  97. FAST OVER-SCROLLING IN WORD
  98. TIPS: REVERT TO DEFAULT PARAGRAPH FORMATTING
  99. Remove Word's Pesky Horizontal Line
  100. Winword's (Word) "/a" switch and how to use it
  101. Moving A Paragraph Up And Down - Quicker!
  102. Keep getting the error message "Word can not open this document template"? Click here, I'll explain.
    Hint, it has to do with an old Mocrosoft program  EZ-Photo.
  103. Autoshape Defaults In Word
    Versions: 97, 2000, 2002, AND 2003
  104. What to do if Word simply up and disappears
  105. Inserting Fractions In Word
  106. Place a web object into word which updates data over the internet
  107. Word Sorting, sort of
  108. MSWord 97 Shows Cursor on Pages When Bookmarking, Why?
  109. Useful shortcuts for Word, MSWorks and Wordpad
  110. That Word assigned Hot Link
  111. Take the "P" out of Field Codes
  112. Preserve blank lines in Word when you copy and paste
  113. Create Your Own Templates in Word
    It would be nice to think that every document I create is original, but the reality is that I need to send a lot of form letters and standard documents. Learn how to create templates in Microsoft Word and you can save yourself (or your boss) hours of repetitious work.
    - Word Processing Guide James Marshall
  114. Leaders:
    You know, those "........." thingies?
  115. Keep Function Keys Always In View
  116. Adding Watermarks to Your Word Document
  117. Slashed Zeros in MsWord?
  118. Word, Powerpoint, Access: Changing Pop-Up Menus
  119. Word: Repeat Headings In Long Tables
  120. View Your Outline Without Formatting
  121. Rotating Drawing Objects
    Works with; Word, Excel, Powerpoint:
  122. Replacing Font Formats With Word's Replace Dialog Box
  123. Word: Columns -- Balancing Length, Defining Headlines
  124. Trying to add Excel functionality to Word is an exercise in Sadomasochism.  
    Here is, I believe, the ultimate guide to Date field calculation in Word: [Off site content]
    {http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showthreaded.pl?Number=249902}

  125. Obliterate revision marks in Word - Off site, - The Crabby Office Lady

  126. Ins and outs of page numbering in Word - Off site content
  127. Changing Font Properties
  128. Microsoft and Word Shortcuts and Templates
  129. Indexing
  130. Word: Double-Space Shortcuts
  131. Indent paragraphs with one click
  132. An Easy Way to Enter the English Pound or Euro Symbol
  133. Hanging Indents..has nothing to do with "Hanging Chad's".
  134. Replacing Ordinals And Superscripts
  135. Custom Envelopes in Word
  136. Change Spaces into Actual Indenting
  137. Copy Word Document Without Hidden Text
  138. Putting the List of a Folder's Contents into Word
  139. Consistent Sentence Spacing
    Try this VBA Macro Script
  140. Adding Parentheses
    Use this VBA Macro
  141. Creating a Command List
  142. What to do if Recent File List is grayed out in Tools | Option | General Tab
  143. Printing Revisited
  144. Word Section Breaks And Page Formats

  145. Prevent Pictures From Moving In Word

  146. Word Document Closes When you Click on Hyperlink to Another Document or Webpage Document

  147. Add Numbers To Your Outline In Word

  148. Text Boundaries

  149. Making Autocorrect - Correct For You

  150. Place A Break In A Numbered Or Bulleted List (Word 2002| 2003)

  151. Get The Sage English Dictionary and Thesaurus 1.0.5 - It is freeware.

  152. Adding Current Date To A Template

  153. Security Update For Word 2000, 2002

  154. Kill Words Automatic Bullets & Numbering

  155. Fast Paragraph Rearrangement

  156. Sorting Paragraphs And More Using Microsoft Word

  157. Create and format picture bullets in Word

  158. How to use the mouse to change your Word document's margins

  159. Link to another file in your Word document

  160. Display blocks of text in your Word documents

  161. Let Word's Equation Editor format your mathematical text

  162. What was lost, is found.
    Words finding Magic

  163. Eight Double-Click Tricks

  164. Shortcuts In Reveal Formatting

  165. Use frames to insert a Table of Contents anywhere in your Word document

  166. Create a Table of Contents from any keywords or phrases in your Word document

  167. Use Bullets In Single Line Of Text:

  168. Use Replace to add text to existing text in Word

  169. The Ellipsis

  170. Sorting Lists in Word...a Refresher

  171. Add Shadows To Paragraphs

  172. Microsoft Word's Insert Button

  173. Precise Tab Positioning On The Ruler Bar

  174. Use Hard Spaces In Word

  175. Shift+F3 in MS Word
    Its a Change Case Shortcut

  176. Perform calculations in tables

  177. Quick Tables

  178. Customize Word text wrapping with Edit Wrap Points

  179. Position a logo along the side of a page in Word

  180. Anatomy of Word: Create a table of contents using defined styles - This is a TechRepublic How to and is off site:

  181. Move or resize multiple Word objects at once

  182. Quick Word Erase
    For all of you muse challenged keyboard punches

  183. Balance Text Across Columns In Word

  184. Number The Cells In A Word Table

  185. Microsoft Office Assistance Word prompts me to save changes to the Normal.dot template _
    This link takes you directly to the Office How-to section of the Microsoft Website. It has pictures and everything.

  186. Make Columns Or Rows The Same Size In Word

  187. Add Spacing Between Cells In A Table In Word