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I am trying to edit a line of code within a program that I use for work.

I need to use the insert key to be able to add additional spaces that I can then type letters, numbers or characters.

How to get this function to work on my MacBook Air?

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What program are you using on your MBA that requires an insert key? In that program are you certain that the Insert key will do what you expect on your MBA? Try plugging in a PC-style USB keyboard and pressing Insert in the program; does it work as expected? –  adamrmcd Oct 29 '11 at 6:49
    
What country / language keyboard are you using? –  MrDaniel Jul 31 '12 at 22:09

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FN + Return works for me to insert.

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Your answer here is merely a repeat of an existing answer. If you don't have an original answer, don't answer. Instead, mark up the existing answer that you agree with. (Though in this case, I don't think it's right.) –  james.garriss Oct 25 '12 at 20:02
    
Worked for me, MBA 2013 –  Kenneth Ito Jul 28 '13 at 19:13

I need the insert key in the Midnight Commander (MC) running in Terminal and in Remote Desktop Connection (RDP) when connecting to my Windows PC.

For Midnight Commander the answer is Ctrl+T.

For RDP I did not find better solution than to use a free program on Windows AutoHotkey and map the key to chosen key combination, for instance this macro maps the Insert key to Ctrl+Alt+I :

^!i::
Send {INSERT}

Answer found on Microsoft forum

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FN + Return = Insert

(MacBook Air 13)

Also Works on MacBook Pro.

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fn-return is normally enter. –  Lri Sep 5 '12 at 11:11
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This actually worked for me, also MBA 2013. Upvote. –  Kenneth Ito Jul 28 '13 at 19:13
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This worked for me on an MBA 2013, running Windows –  Dexter Jan 11 at 2:22
    
Same here on an MBA 2013 using ArchLinux. –  Hugo Feb 27 at 6:55

On the latest Macbook Air 13" ctrl+ works.

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It depends on the physical keyboard and on the keyboard layout. You can try...

ctrl+fn+M OR ctrl+fn+

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