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Microsoft Word: A delete key that doesn’t delete.


A little tidbit of Windows knowledge.  When highlighting a section of a Microsoft Word document and pressing the delete key, nothing happens.  No errors or messages at all.  Try this to fix it…


Here's the workaround to this issue:

  • Go to Tools -> Options-> General Tab
  • Uncheck the following options if selected (See Image Below):
    • Help for WordPerfect users
    • Navigation keys for WordPerfect users

 Microsoft Word Options Dialog - Delete Key

  • Click OK and try to delete again.
  • If above doesn't work, try unchecking Typing Replaces Selection instead from Tools -> Options -> Edit Tab


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