Any clue how to get Shift-Insert to paste in OS X using a windows keyboard?

I use the mouse on the left side so command-v is makes me switch back and forth a lot. I have had no luck with any of my searches.

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    Your answer can be found in this thread. – LMNOP Jan 17 '14 at 16:54
  • Or this one: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/32297/… – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Jan 17 '14 at 16:55
  • Thanks, unfortunately none of those suggestions work on that page. – ansible Jan 17 '14 at 17:14
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    Far as I can tell, most answers are out of date and don't work with Mojave. Best bet seems to be using Karabiner Elements app. – ficuscr Apr 25 '19 at 18:09

Though I have Mac I spend most of the time on a Linux virtual machine.

I really need Shift-Insert to access the selections clipboard.

So I remapped on my linux machine F9 which I rarely use to behave like Insert.

xmodmap -e "keycode 75 = Insert Insert Insert"

Put this in a file that is being load in your window manager startup

So now I can use Shift-F9 to insert.

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  • too bad Yosemite doesn't user X11.. for performance, I'm not fond of installing X11 just to get a key. There must be a way to remap a key on Yosemite with xmodmap.. – Henrique de Sousa Jun 2 '15 at 22:01

Being primarly a Linux guy, I use the Shift-Ins method mostly in the terminal, where Ctrl-V doesn't always work. iTerm2 lets you remap keys.

Preferences -> Keys -> Key Mappings -> +

Then select Paste from the Action list, and click on the Keyboard Shortcut and press Shift-Ins. It will show up as Shift-Help.

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I was finally able to get this to work using Karabiner-Elements - https://pqrs.org/osx/karabiner/index.html

I created a "Complex Modifications" to allow this by adding this modifier to one of the json files:

  "description": "PC-Style Shift-Insert Paste",
  "manipulators": [
      "type": "basic",
      "from": {
        "key_code": "insert",
        "modifiers": {
          "mandatory": [
          "optional": [
      "to": [
          "key_code": "v",
          "modifiers": [
      "conditions": [
          "type": "frontmost_application_unless",
          "bundle_identifiers": [
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