2.8.9. Activating and deactivating the Bulldozer mode or Shift mode

ELAN supports three editing modes: Overwrite mode, Bulldozer mode and Shift mode. These modes are somehow comparable to the Overwrite and Insert modes that are supported by many text editor programs such as, e.g., Microsoft Word.

The following conventions apply for the Bulldozer mode:


Moving annotations may thus affect the whole document, and may thereby destroy previous time alignments. Please make sure that the Bulldozer Mode is not accidentally switched on.

The Overwrite mode is the default mode. To switch to another mode, do the following:

  1. Click on Options > Propagate Time Changes.

  2. Click on Normal Mode, Bulldozer Mode or Shift Mode. A check mark appears next to it. To switch back to the Overwrite mode, repeat steps 1 and 2 above. The check mark disappears.