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Re: editing in emacs by overwriting existing contents

From: Daniel Jensen
Subject: Re: editing in emacs by overwriting existing contents
Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2002 08:46:46 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.090007 (Oort Gnus v0.07) Emacs/21.2 (i686-pc-linux-gnu) (Manik Raina) writes:

> I had a question. Normally when we type into a file using emacs,
> we add new characters but the buffer places the new characters 
> and displaces the old characters to the right. 
> I've noticed a mode of emacs in which the existing characters are
> not shifted to the right but are overwritten. Any clues as to how
> we enable that mode and leave it once we're done ?

Are you talking about overwrite-mode? You can toggle it with 
M-x overwrite-mode or your INS key. If the INS key doesn't work it's
probably because it sends <insertchar> instead of <insert>, and then
you'll have to bind that to overwrite-mode.

Daniel Jensen
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