I use my Mac connected to a remote server (Windows 2008) using Microsoft Remote Desktop Beta, and in the Windows 2008, there is a virtual machine on it, I use the Xshell connected to the VM.

But when I want to paste some code, the shortcut key is Shift+Insert, however on the Mac there is no Insert key. How can I use the shortcut key to paste my code?


There is currently no way to use an insert key with Microsoft Remote Desktop Beta.

The UserVoice request has a few votes: Create a shortcut for the insert key function in Mac - Customer Feedback for Microsoft Remote Desktop

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    I find a easy way to paste text in the Microsoft Remote Desktop Beta on mac, is use three finger tap the touch board. – aircraft May 31 '17 at 17:04
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    @aircraft Excellent — yes, you can perform a middle click with a three finger tap, so if the app implements middle click as paste, then you can paste using that. – grg May 31 '17 at 17:05
  • The pain of re-indoctrination... – eel ghEEz Apr 7 at 10:10

Not sure if this is still a problem. But I solved it by using the onscreen keyboard in Windows 10.


I just ran into this issue and had to experiment a bit until I found a solution. Using a Magic Keyboard, I am able to send an insert key by pressing clear to toggle the number lock on (depending on what application you're using, there may not be any feedback), then pressing 0 on the number pad:


I'm not sure if the same trick would work on other keyboards, or how you would do this without a number pad, but hopefully this helps some users.

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