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Disable Backspace Key in WordHelpful Member! 

JimRich (Programmer) (OP)
3 Apr 03 14:51
How can I disable the backspace key in MS Word 2000?

I teach kid how to type and they are frustring themselves using the backspace key.  

I need to be able to toggle it.
venkman (Programmer)
3 Apr 03 15:45
If you have some programming expertise, I bet there's some vba code that captures what keys are typed in Word.

JimRich (Programmer) (OP)
3 Apr 03 16:13
No doubt you are right.
SF0751 (MIS)
3 Apr 03 16:16
Just my 2 cents - don't disable it.  Teach them how/when to use the backspace key correctly.  No matter where they go, or what systems they use in the future, there will always be a backspace key on the keyboard.

Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.   - Mark Twain

JimRich (Programmer) (OP)
3 Apr 03 16:20
Susan, you are right.  I do teach them to use it correctly.  However, they also use it during timed writings and it is slowing them down.  

venkman (Programmer)
3 Apr 03 16:50
I changed my mind, I don't see a way to do it.
SF0751 (MIS)
3 Apr 03 16:54
......I wish my typing instructor had been as nice as you are.......  

Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.   - Mark Twain

Helpful Member!  carrr (TechnicalUser)
3 Apr 03 16:58
I don't know of any easy way to disable the backspace, as it's a keyboard function, not one in Word.  But...if I were in your shoes, right before the timed tests, I'd pull out my pocket knife, screwdriver, whatever, and pop the backspace keys off their keyboards.  Highly unsophisticated, but hey...  If they want to take the time to fish their little fingers all the way down to the button, then their score's really going to suffer.
venkman (Programmer)
3 Apr 03 17:05
Carrr, brilliant out-of-the-box thinking. I don't know about Jim, but I'm giving you a star.
JimRich (Programmer) (OP)
3 Apr 03 17:21
Carr, I've done that in the past for a few of the worst ones, but those things are a pain to put back on.  My lab has 30 computers.

Thanks all

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