If you're typing in Word, or opening up files you've saved or been sent by someone else, you may have experienced a situation where words within keep disappearing and then reappearing. Why is that and what causes this seemingly random glitch within the program? There could be multiple reasons --- some easy to fix and others quite a bit harder. Regardless of the situation, we have the advice to assist you in resolving it. For more details on how to fix text disappearing and reappearing in Word, read on.\n\n\n\n\nClear cached data\n\n\n\nDisable overtype mode\n\n\n\nMove your word files to a new location\n\n\n\n\nAbove are some of the most effective approaches you can take to resolve the issue of words randomly disappearing and reappearing in Word. Follow through and see which of the listed solutions above has an impact on fixing the issue.\n\n\n\nClear cached data to fix words randomly disappearing and appearing\n\n\n\nCached data is information that programs and browsers store to help process information better next time. However, in a program like Word, this context keeps on updating quite frequently. This increases the chances of the cached files becoming oversaturated with unnecessary bits of information. This may cause seemingly random glitches as the cached files are quite oversaturated it becomes increasingly difficult for Word to process information. Follow through for more information on how to clear cached data.\n\n\n\nI have included a guide to clear cached data on Word for both Mac and Windows, follow-through for the most relevant approach.\n\n\n\nProcess for Windows\n\n\n\n\nMicrosoft Teams and Word must be completely closed and ensured that it is not still operating in the toolbar at the bottom right of Windows.\n\n\n\nIn a File Window, go to \u201c%appdata%\/Microsoft\/Word\u201d.\n\n\n\nEverything in the Cache folder should be selected.\n\n\n\nDelete the cache files\n\n\n\nOpen Word and wait for the necessary files to download in the cache.\n\n\n\n\nOnce you've completed the procedures above and the bin has been cleared, all extraneous content in Word cached files will be removed. You'll need to return to the application and wait for the relevant bits of data to be reintroduced back into work. So don't be concerned if there is a slight delay in loading.\n\n\n\nIf you're having trouble following along, don't worry; I've included an in-depth guide below with visual screenshots to help you understand what's required.\n\n\n\nAn in-depth guide to clearing cached data on Word for Windows\n\n\n\n\nFirstly, close your Microsoft Word application.\n\n\n\nOpen File Explorer and type in \u201c%appdata%\/Microsoft\/Word\u201d into the address bar at the top.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nSelect all items inside the folder.\n\n\n\nRight-click any of the selected items.\n\n\n\nSelect "Delete" from the dropdown menu.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nOpen Word and wait for the necessary files to download in the cache.\n\n\n\n\nThat's it, once the cached data has been cleared you will now be able to use Word without any residual cached data causing an issue with your account. Words should now display all word-based content without repetitive disappearances.\n\n\n\nProcess for Mac\n\n\n\n\nFirstly, on your Mac desktop click on \u201cGo\u201d in the top banner.\n\n\n\nNow click on \u201cGo to Folder\u201d.\n\n\n\nNow type in \u201c~\/Library\/Caches\u201d\n\n\n\nLocate the folder called \u201cMicrosoft\u201d or \u201ccom.microsoft.word\u201d.\n\n\n\nMove the folder to \u201cBin\u201d.\n\n\n\nFinally, open and clear the bin.\n\n\n\n\nOnce the steps above have been implemented and the bin has cleared the Word cached files will be cleared of all unnecessary content, you will need to go back to the application and wait for the necessary bits of data to be reinstated back into work. So if there is a loading delay don't worry this is normal. \n\n\n\nIf you are stuck following along, don't worry, I will provide an in-depth guide below with visual screenshots so you are more aware of what is required.\n\n\n\nAn in-depth guide to clearing cached data on Word for Mac\n\n\n\n\nFirst, click "Go" at the top. (1)\n\n\n\nSelect "Go to Folder" from the dropdown menu. (2)\n\n\n\nType or paste "~\/Library\/Caches\/" into the search bar in the popup dialog box. (3)\n\n\n\nThen double-click "Users > [Username] > Library > Caches." (4)\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nNext, type "Teams" into the search bar at the top of the Caches folder. (1)\n\n\n\nClick on "Caches" to search within that folder. (2)\n\n\n\nLocate and right-click the "com.microsoft.teams" folder and "Move to Bin." (3)\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThat's the steps with accompanying screenshots follow through. See if you can resolve the issue using the illustrated methods above. If you use Windows follow the steps below and well illustrate a method to fix the problem for Windows.\n\n\n\nDisable overtype mode to fix words randomly disappearing and appearing\n\n\n\nWhen you type in Overtype mode, the letters in your Word documents may vanish. In this mode, anything you type replaces text instead of inserting new text. Through the Options dialogue box in Word, you can disable Overtype mode. Follow through for more information on how you can achieve this.\n\n\n\n\nFirstly, click on \u201cFile\u201d.\n\n\n\nAfter that click on \u201cOptions\u201d.\n\n\n\nNow click on \u201cAdvanced\u201d.\n\n\n\nClear the checks for "Use the Insert key to control overtype mode" and "Use overtype mode" under "Editing options."\n\n\n\n\nThe process above will help to disable overtype and allow you to process your Word documents without persistent errors annoying you. Follow through for a more in-depth guide on how you can disable overtype mode in Word documents.\n\n\n\nIn-depth step by step process - Disable overtype mode\n\n\n\n\nFirstly, open a Word document and click "File" in the top left.\n\n\n\nThen go down and click "Options" at the bottom of the left menu.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nGo to the "Advanced" tab on the left. (1)\n\n\n\nUncheck "Use the Insert key to control overtype mode." (2)\n\n\n\nUncheck "Use overtype mode." (3)\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nMove your word files to a new location to fix words randomly disappearing and appearing\n\n\n\nThe issue may not even be persistent with Word it could be more associated with where the files are locally stored. Online locations such as OneDrive or Google are prone to issues surrounding sync and connectivity issues, if you ever come across sync issues with the program it can often impede your ability to properly use files or even access them at all. Follow the steps below and see if you can resolve issues around Word causing bits of text to disappear and then reappear.\n\n\n\nTo move files across to a new location follow the steps below\n\n\n\n\nFirstly open your File explorer or file finder tab.\n\n\n\nNow navigate over to where your file is stored.\n\n\n\nFrom there move the file over to a new location, preferably a local drive.\n\n\n\n\nOnce you have completed the steps above return to OneDrive and see if the process above has resolved the issue.\n\n\n\nThat's it for this Blog thank you for taking time out to read our content, please feel free to email our team about how it went if you followed the steps or if you need more help with the questions we answered in this Blog.