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Note: This question is how to send an Insert keypress to Microsoft Windows running directly on Apple hardware (not through a VM). This is not about how to use Insert in OS X or through OS X to Windows running in a VM. See here or here for non-Windows Q&A's.

Somehow in my code editor and command line I keep toggling the Insert key, but I'm not sure how. I can toggle it by clicking on OVR/INS in the status bar, but what is the key combo that I'm magically fat fingering?

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Apparently fn + return is the winner.

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not on my hardware (I have an early 2013 MacBook Pro) running Mavericks. for me, Fn + Return just generates a return –  ekkis Jul 28 '14 at 16:14
@ekkis if you're running Mavericks (or any other OS X version), this question does not apply. "How do I simulate the Insert key in Windows on a MacBook Pro?" –  Nick T Sep 15 '14 at 19:14
why not? I'm running Windows on a MBP running Mavericks –  ekkis Sep 16 '14 at 20:07
@ekkis are you in a VM or running bare metal? –  Nick T Sep 16 '14 at 21:40
I'm running VMWare –  ekkis Sep 18 '14 at 0:02

The keycombination fn + i is resulting in the same as insert does on Windows.

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This does not work in Windows; are you in OS X? –  Nick T Jul 7 '14 at 19:12
I'm in OS X, this worked for me. Thanks :) –  SrikanthJeeva Oct 16 '14 at 17:49

I have been able to find no way to do so, with a modern Macbook Pro. (The keyboard view only shows a minimal keyboard)

Apparently <kbd>fn</kbd> + <kbd>return</kbd> is the winner.

Not on newer Macs, that key combination is just 'enter' (instead of 'return').

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Is that in Windows or OS X? My question was regarding Win –  Nick T Apr 2 '13 at 19:17
@NickT, as per the other thread, Fn + Return evaluates to just Return on my hardware –  ekkis Jul 28 '14 at 16:12

the answer is Fn + m

however, to make it work:

  1. Run the On-Screen Keyboard (Windows 2012: Windows Key + C to bring up the charms, click Search, type "keyboard")
  2. Click on Options
  3. Turn on numeric key pad
  4. Make sure NumLock is turned off (so you can see the Ins key where the 0 would be)
  5. on the regular keyboard the "m" is where the 0 is, therefore Fn + m = Insert
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by the same token, Fn + . = Del –  ekkis Jul 23 '14 at 22:26
Are you kidding? Why would anyone go through that process instead of just fn + return for Insert, or fn + "delete" for Delete –  Nick T Jul 23 '14 at 22:52
because that solution doesn't work for everyone (like me) –  ekkis Jul 25 '14 at 17:29
I couldn't get your solution to work; what hardware and OS (8/Server 2012?) are you using? –  Nick T Jul 25 '14 at 17:42
@NickT, I have a MBP (2.8GHz) running OSX 10.9.4 and I'm RDPing into Windows Server 2012 via the 8.0.7 client –  ekkis Jul 28 '14 at 16:11

I just wanted to point out, that you can map any key or key combination in OSX to any other key or key combination using Karabiner.

In my case, I'm using the following configuration to send Insert to Windows through TeamViewer, for example when running NVDA screen reader software (which heavily relies on key combinations using Insert) to test websites for accessibility.

<?xml version="1.0"?>
    <name>Fn + Ctrl-Left to Insert</name>
      __KeyToKey__KeyCode::CONTROL_L, ModifierFlag::FN,

This way, for example, I can send Insert+N (which opens the NVDA menu) by pressing Fn+Ctrl+N in OSX.

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fn + Enter - it's working on Windows 7 installed at MacBook Pro

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