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I find really annoying to use Midnight Commander under OS X when using the non-extended keyboard (laptop).

I found no way of simulating an INSERT key press (select file) and I would like to find a solution that does not require me to reconfigure MC, specially because I cannot do this with each machine I'm connecting to from my MacBook.

I will give extra bonus ;) for and extended solution what will solve the problem not only for the INSERT (select file) but also for switch selection and add/substract selection (NumMultiply,NumMinus,NumPlus).

Remember that Numlock area *, + and - are not the same as the ones from the standard keyboard.

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Ctrl-T is standard hotkey for file selection — http://linux.die.net/man/1/mc.

As for switch/add/substract, just type shift-8 for *, shift-= for + and - for minus.

All this works in MC out of the box.

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^T works but the others do not and I tried to use an external keyboard and when I press *, + or - from the keypad it will work. –  sorin Apr 4 '11 at 13:32
    
That's strange. Works for me though (with iTerm2). What happens then? Make sure your command line is clear when you do that. –  Eugene Bujak Apr 4 '11 at 13:51
    
Interesting, I am also using iTerm2 and pressing the keypad *-+ it doesn't bring the selection window. –  sorin Apr 4 '11 at 15:00
    
That's all I can help you with, unfortunately. –  Eugene Bujak Apr 5 '11 at 12:39

For those like me who were drawn here by a Google search based on the title of the question (not relating to Midnight Commander), I still haven't found a great solution. However, for Word processors (a common usage of needing to find the "insert" key to toggle Insert/Overwrite mode), you should be able to click the text that says "INSRT" or "OVER"/"OVWT" in the status bar on the bottom of the Word Processor to change modes, as detailed here for Open Office. Not awesome, but at least functional.

If neither Midnight Commander nor a Word Processor drew you here, then...good luck in your quest!

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