Does anybody know where is the Insert button on the Apple keyboard? Or is there any shortcut to emulate insert button? I have Big Sur OS on my new M1 MacBook air and no advice that I found on the internet works. I tried shortcuts like fn + I, fn + enter, fn +return, shif + fn + enter,... but nothing works.

  • If none of the answers in the linked questions work, please edit to explain what you're trying to use insert for (i.e. what app and what functionality?)
    – grg
    Aug 20 at 6:13
  • I mean any app, not specific one. Just like the Insert button on normal PC (Linux, Windows, ...) keyboard. Is there any button like that? Or shortcut?
    – MarkM
    Aug 20 at 6:17
  • The problem is there's no system-wide insert vs overwrite mode toggle on macOS, and because there's no specific insert key on Mac many apps converted to macOS bind something else to the same functionality. As shown by the variety of shortcuts given as answers in those linked questions, there's no one answer to this, but it just depends on what app you're using and/or what conversion happens in between (e.g. if you're remote desktop to a Windows computer). Without knowing a specific app or functionality it's just going to be guessing more shortcuts and there's already lots to try in the links.
    – grg
    Aug 20 at 6:22
  • Aha, now I get it. That is stupid. Such a terrible keyboard design. Thank you for you explanation!
    – MarkM
    Aug 20 at 6:25
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    I don't agree it's terrible keyboard design, it's classic Apple design of designing the hardware and software together. Since the software doesn't have the concept of insert, the hardware doesn't either. Software ported to macOS should take into account the customs of macOS and conform to the standard shortcuts used on the platform rather than trying to map keyboard shortcuts literally.
    – grg
    Aug 20 at 6:29

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