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13 years, 10 months ago
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Insert key has been replaced by a doubly big delete button.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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Jul 24, 2009 at 13:50
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Remove num-lock and press
0 on the numpad.
Jul 24, 2009 at 13:52
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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?
Jul 24, 2009 at 14:59
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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:
On-Screen Keyboard (on WinXP: Start > All Programs > Accessories > Accesibility > On-Screen Keyboard) and click the ins key.
Jul 24, 2009 at 14:21
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Shift + 0 on the number pad to go into
On a laptop you may have to use
Fn to get to
0 on the num pad.
E.g. on my Dell Latitude I had to press
Shift + Fn + M to turn off overtype mode.
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Aug 26, 2013 at 6:52
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My answer is very specific to one particular situation. It will not necessarily work in other situations. I have a Logitech k750-mac solar wireless keyboard. I am running on a MacBook Pro accessing a Windows 10 desktop remotely. In this situation, I use the
Shift + number-pad-0 key. But it only works with some software! Furthermore, I suspect the answer to this question will be more or less a table of situations with solutions specific to those situations, rather than a general solution.
Jan 15, 2017 at 16:58
On Logitech K811, hold
fn while clicking the delete key to get insert.
Aug 25, 2017 at 3:11
On a small laptop, like the new HP G5, you have to activate the NumLock to access the numbers pad, then use
shift + 0.
It is not written, but it works to activate and deactivate this stupid feature.
Oct 23, 2019 at 9:45
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on a Microsoft All in one media keyboard (with no number pad), I found
fn + \ works as the substitute for the Ins key
Aug 30, 2021 at 18:37
This is now possible via Microsoft's Power Toys addon. Install Power Toys, then configure the "Keyboard Manager" element:
Enable keyboard manager
Click remap a shortcut
Pick an obscure shortcut combination you want to use to toggle insert on and off
Map it to "insert"
Whenever it goes awry, just use the key combo to put it right again.
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