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I would like to be able to overwrite text in Windows Notepad. I am using Windows 7 Professional. Ideally I would like to be able to position the cursor next to a string of text and erase that text by pressing the spacebar until the cursor has passed over every character in the string without adding additional spaces to the document. Is that possible?

I have tried pressing the 'Insert' key, but that does not help. Nor does using 'Num Lock' and pressing the 'Ins' or '0' key.

Unfortunately, I have not been able to find a solution elsewhere on the internet.

I do not think I am using notepad++. The application is listed as 'notepad.exe' under 'Properties'.

Thank you for any suggestions.

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Apparently notepad.exe is too basic an editor and does not support the overtype mode.

Wordpad has this feature though.

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Correct, Notepad is insert-only and doesn't support overtype. –  Indrek Oct 22 '12 at 22:55
    
I started to contradict you, until I realized I had replaced notepad.exe with textpad.exe. :S –  Myrddin Emrys Oct 22 '12 at 23:06
    
@MyrddinEmrys lol, I hate it when I forget what i have tweaked! –  Moab Oct 23 '12 at 2:19
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Ideally I would like to be able to position the cursor next to a string of text and erase that text by pressing the spacebar until the cursor has passed over every character in the string without adding additional spaces to the document. Is that possible?

(My own emphasis)

The other answers deal with overtype mode, which adds additional spaces 'over the top' of characters (if you press the spacebar)

However, the functionality you are describing is embodied in the 'delete' key.

Positioning the cursor at the beginning of a string of text and pressing the delete key will delete the first character after the cursor, replacing it with nothing and shifting the rest of the string of text across

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This indeed appears to be the correct answer to the question, as it was asked. –  kreemoweet Oct 23 '12 at 2:25
    
I disagree. The way I understand the question, the OP wants to overwrite a string of text with spaces, by using overtype mode. Since Nodepad in insert-only, pressing the spacebar simply inserts additional spaces at the current location without removing existing text, which he doesn't want. Simply deleting the text, as this answer suggests, is a workaround at best, because then the spaces that he wants the text to be replaced with still have to be typed manually. –  Indrek Oct 23 '12 at 10:20
    
My intention was as Indrek described. Sorry I did not express my intention clearly. –  Mark Miller Oct 23 '12 at 17:47
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