You are tapping away on the keyboard in Word when you look up at the screen to find a whole load of text has disappeared. Bloody Insert key! In your excitement at getting the corrections to the spec finished, you have accidentally hit this key and for the past five minutes have overtyped everything. One cure is to keep on hitting the undo arrow until all the old text is back (losing all the new in the process) and hit Insert several times to test what it is doing at that moment. A better way is to disable it permanently. OK, here is how. On the Word screen, hit Tools, then Customise.
At the bottom of the little grey screen are some buttons. Hit Keyboard. On the new grey screen on the left there is a white Categories window. Move the slider down to All Commands and click. In the adjacent Commands window, move the slider down to Overtype and click.
Highlight any keys in either of the two boxes below and hit the Remove button on the right and then Close. That has biffed the little blighter. Gone for ever.
Or until Word crashes again. For next week, I was going to do how to disable the Caps Lock key. It is irritating for the same reasons (ie crummy finger control), but you cannot do it the same way and it calls for an old Microsoft program which does not seem to be on the Evil Empire's site any more. I shall keep looking.
I am indebted to a colleague for www. lighting4sport. com, which is the Abacus site for sports lighting and which illustrates the lengths to which people late in the queue have to go in order to register a unique name. Very likely a useful site for specifiers as well.
Worthy rather than exciting and, in intelligent hands, potentially lethal for stovepipe-hat bosses is the Health and Safety Executive's 'worker's web page', with information on health and safety rights and responsibilities. It is at www. hse. gov. uk/workers. And just to keep you reminded of the rules, there is www. disability. gov. uk, from which you should download and peruse the Disability Discrimination Act.