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?


3 Answers 3


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, 2017 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, 2017 at 17:05
  • The pain of re-indoctrination...
    – eel ghEEz
    Apr 7, 2019 at 10:10

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.

  • This works for me. How did you discover it?
    – Bit Rocker
    Feb 11, 2020 at 8:02
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    @BitRocker I just looked where the numlock was on a Microsoft keyboard, and took a few wild guesses (I think I tried fn+clear, command+clear etc.) until I eventually found one that worked.
    – p.s.w.g
    Feb 11, 2020 at 18:05
  • The fn+Enter combination on a mac keyboard toggles between insert and normal typing mode for me.
    – bounav
    Dec 21, 2022 at 16:31

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

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