How to replace a region in emacs with yank buffer contents?

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2627289/how-to-replace-a-region-in-emacs-with-yank-buffer-contents

Add this to your .emacs:

(delete-selection-mode 1)

Anything that writes to the buffer while the region is active will overwrite it, including paste, but also simply typing something or hitting backspace

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