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On my logitech keyboard the Insert key has been replaced by a doubly big delete button.

I don't mind, because I never use insert mode.

However, very occasionally I end up in insert mode. Of course, when this happens, I don't have an Insert key to get me back out. So I need a reboot

How can this happen?

Is there another shortcut that gets me into 'insert' mode?

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If this is in Microsoft Office, then double-click the INS/OVR indicator in the status bar. –  Arjan Jul 24 '09 at 13:54
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Your keyboard doesn't have the insert key on top? I mean, like this one: tech2.in.com/media/images/2009/Jan/… –  Jorge Alves Jul 24 '09 at 14:52
    
they deserve a beating for modifying keyboards like this! –  Axarydax Sep 17 '10 at 7:52
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Remove num-lock and press 0     on the numpad.

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Note: The num-lock key disappeared from your post. –  Huppie Jul 24 '09 at 14:55
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@Huppie: I think it's funny the way it is. I'm envisioning someone trying to pop the keycap off and pressing it while it's in the palm of their hand. Hey, it's Friday and I need some amusement, what can I say? –  Dennis Williamson Jul 24 '09 at 15:56
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@Huppie: Thanks. didn't notice that. Must have deleted it by mistake when editing it. @Dennis: That made me lol :) –  anand_trex Jul 24 '09 at 16:08
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trex279's answer is probably the best one you're going to find but I thought I'd throw out an alternative:

Open the On-Screen Keyboard (on WinXP: Start > All Programs > Accessories > Accesibility > On-Screen Keyboard) and click the ins key.

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I just read somewhere that, for example on the Logitech LX-501 keyboard, the Insert is on one of the round blue buttons (next to the function keys). On some Microsoft keyboards one needs to hold down some Fn-key and press PrtScr.

So: are you sure there's no Insert key on your keyboard?

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Shift and 0 on the number pad.

On a laptop you may have to use the function key to get to 0 on the number pad.

EG on my Dell Latitude E6430 I had to press Shift + Function + M to turn off overtype mode.

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