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Insert Key on Macs

Discussion in 'Apple and Mac OS X' started by wmi, Dec 8, 2007.

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  1. wmi

    wmi Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi,

    I was recently looking at MacBook Pros at a shop and realised that the keyboard does not have an insert key.

    Do Mac guys manage it without the insert key or is there any other key that works like insert key.

    I work a lot on Unix/Linux environments and for me Shift-Ins is an everyday essential.
     
  2. Sam

    Sam Notebook Virtuoso

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    There probably is another key to do what Insert does on Windows. I don't use Insert much, so I don't personally know.

    Most keyboard shortcuts in Windows works in OS X, just kinda differently. Like instead of Ctrl + C for copy, its Command + C.
     
  3. Lithus

    Lithus NBR Janitor

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    Insert is used in word processing programs, and it's actually hard to explain with words.

    For example, if you have the world "notebook", and you want to type "my" in the middle of it, with insert on, you get "notemybook". With it off, you get "notemyok".

    Other than that, I've never seen insert used before.

    Edit: I should add "in Windows" after the last sentence.
     
  4. wmi

    wmi Notebook Enthusiast

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    No, no, no.

    For example:
    To copy and paste text following shortcuts are very common. (Of course, you select the text before copying)

    Windows:
    Copy: Ctrl+C
    Paste: Ctrl+V

    Unix/Linux:
    Copy: Ctrl+Ins
    Paste: Shift+Ins

    Now to put it in perspective, I've heard that Macs have Unix shells for command line interface. Now to copy and paste text if I want to use Ctrl-Ins and Shift-Ins methods what keys do I use?

    I'm sure there must be a Mac/OSX equivalent of these but if I buy an MBP, I will not be running OSX on it; that's why the question.

    Please ask for clarification if I'm not clear enough.

    Cheers!
     
  5. Budding

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    Terminal in OS X enables the use of Cmd+C and Cmd+V for copy pasting. If you wished to kill a program or something, you still use Ctrl+C etc.
    So, in that aspect, the Cmd key serves as an alternative shortcut key.
     
  6. sulkorp

    sulkorp Notebook Deity

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    Yea within osx you use cmd+ (shortcut, like c for copy), but if you were to go into linux/windows and want to use the insert key for shortcuts or just use it i dont think there is one.

    I would think though with linux and its customizibility you could change it from insert to c or something else that you want.

    im sure its come up though, because i cant see everyone wanting to use control insert and shift insert for copy an pasting stuff.
     
  7. track2

    track2 Notebook Guru

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    This probably isn't going to help, but in case you're using VMware Fusion on your MBP you can hit Fn + M for the Insert key.
     
  8. drkrueger@mac.com

    drkrueger@mac.com Newbie

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    I AM using VMWare (lovin' it) so thank you for taking the time to post. Perfect for MS Project. Thanks, again.
     
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