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Appleworks v6.2.9 insert/overwrite

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Nick Taylor Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)
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Mar 8, 2012 2:46 AM

Hi,

 

A very basic question I know but I can't seem to find mention of it in the help documentation.

 

All I want to know is how do I toggle between insert and overwrite mode (if indeed I can ?) when entering text in a Word Processing document.

 

Many thanks for your help.

 

 

Nick

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (64,095 points)
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    Mar 8, 2012 8:46 AM (in response to Nick Taylor)

    To the best of my knowledge this facility is not available in AppleWorks.

  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,775 points)
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    Mar 9, 2012 7:15 AM (in response to Nick Taylor)

    To over write you can select the text you want to over write and start writing.

     

    To insert you just insert the insertion point and start writing.

  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,775 points)
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    Mar 9, 2012 10:06 AM (in response to Nick Taylor)

    So you mean that you adjust the amount of text to that you over write? isn't that restricting you?

  • Barry Level 7 Level 7 (29,095 points)
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    Mar 9, 2012 11:48 AM (in response to Nick Taylor)

    Hi Nick.

     

    I do remember this behaviour, but to the best of my recollection, I ran across it in only one word processing application, and that one was running on a Commodore 64. The default condition was destructive replacement of the existing character by the new one, and the only means it offered of inserting new text was to insert a 256 space block of 'space' in the document, then type into that space.

     

    I'm curious why you are asking this question at this time—it seems something one would discover missing pretty early in his use of any application that didn't support this.

     

    If I'm correct is inferring that you're just starting to use AppleWorks, then I'd discourage you from continuing. AppleWorks's last update was in 2004, and Apple delared it to be EOL (End of Life) about a year after that. EOL meant that Apple would no longer sell or support AppleWorks, with the implication that it eventually would be unable to run on current system software.

     

    With the introduction of Lion, and its dropping of Rosetta, that implied consequence has come to pass (for Appleworks, and for all other software written for PPC and not updated to run natively on intel processors).

     

    If you're a long-time AppleWorks user, and are aware that continued use depends on the life of the machine you're running it on,that's one thing. If you've come to AppleWorks only recently, I don't see much point in spending the time to learn the intricacies of an application that's been officially unsupported for the more than six years now.

     

    Regards,

    Barry

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (64,095 points)
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    Mar 10, 2012 2:37 AM (in response to Nick Taylor)

    Try this - it's very much a rough-out, using columns and drawn lines:

     

    files.me.com/rfwilmut/3x39bg

     

    Or you could try using a spreadsheet.

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (64,095 points)
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    Mar 10, 2012 3:47 AM (in response to Nick Taylor)

    You can move the lines anywhere you want, they're independent of the numbers. Just click on a line and either move it with the mouse or use the up/down arrow keys to move it:

     

    files.me.com/rfwilmut/yy5vey

     

    - not sure if that's what you're looking for but it's reasonably configurable.

  • Barry Level 7 Level 7 (29,095 points)
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    Mar 10, 2012 10:26 AM (in response to Nick Taylor)

    Hi Nick,

     

    Most of your replacements will be of a single hyphen by a single digit number. Here are two ways of doing that pretty efficiently:

     

    1. Click to the right of the hyphen to be replaced.
      -- press delete, type the replacement digit.
      -- move on to the next.

    2. Double-click the hyphen to be replaced to select it.
      -- type the replacement digit.
      -- move on to the next.

     

    Further down the neck, where you're inserting two digit numbers:

     

    1. Click to the right of the second hyphen to be replaced.
      -- press delete twice, type the replacement digits.
      -- move on to the next.

    2. Click and drag across the hyphens to be replaced to select them.
      -- type the replacement digits.
      -- move on to the next.

     

    Characters to the right of the editing position will jump around a bit as AppleWorks deletes the single character then replaces it (more so with the two character replacements).

     

    Regards,

    Barry

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (64,095 points)
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    Mar 11, 2012 3:20 AM (in response to Nick Taylor)

    You can make the lines grey so that they are less obtrusive, and you can add vertical lines if you want.

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