Switch from overwrite to insert mode with iMAC
Thread poster: ChristelBalle

ChristelBalle  Identity Verified
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Jun 29, 2015

I am pretty new with Trados Studio 2014.
I use the virtual machine VMWare on my iMAC. In the edit window, the mode Insert acciedently switched to the Overwrite Mode. Does anybody know how I can manage to switch it back (with the iMAC keyboard)?
Thank you for your help !
Kind regards
Christel Balle


André Sainderichin  Identity Verified
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This might work Jun 30, 2015

Hello Christel,

Yeah I know, very irritating. As far as I could figure out, Trados just does that, on its own. I'm sure there's some key sequence that triggers the switch, but I never found out what that was.

I'm using Parallels Desktop, so I don't have the same environment.

Anyway, try "fn + Enter". Over here, that does the trick.

Let us know how you fare.

Have a nice day.


xxx2nl  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:45
You can emulate the INS key Jun 30, 2015

From the VMware menu choose Virtual Machine > Send Key > Help (Insert).


ChristelBalle  Identity Verified
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Swicth from overwrite to insert mode with iMAC Jun 30, 2015

Hello colleagues,

Thank you very much for your hints! The "fn + Enter" one does not work, but if you just choose Virtual Machine > Send Key > and choose one key, "Overwrite" immediately changes to "Insert" and vice versa.
This could be a solution.
Thanks and have a nice day !


Walter Blaser  Identity Verified
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You can also do it without using the keyboard Jun 30, 2015

Hi Christel

You may also switch from Insert to Overwrite and back by clicking on the INS/OVR text in the status line (to the left of the confirmation statistics counters).


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