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I have a MacBook Air running the "Mountain Lion" OS that is version 10.8 -

What is the "Insert key" (Ins) or equivalent on Mac keyboard. ?

  • What would an insert key do? – Mark Jul 2 '13 at 16:56
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    Insert key = character in keyboard ? Like ☆ ♘ ☺ – Ruskes Jul 2 '13 at 18:39
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    I think @gene is actually looking for the Insert key that allows overtyping. This is not for some special character. That said, doing some Google searches seems to show that this is not something supported by Macs. – donut Jul 2 '13 at 19:01
  • I need to insert a line - I have accounting software and I need to insert a line - I can do it with mac book running Snow Leopard but not with a mac air running Mountain Lion" OS - any ideas? – gene Jul 2 '13 at 21:49
  • I keep fatfingering and switching to overtype mode by accident, as if I had pressed an Insert key (which is why I'm here incidentally). Granted, I am not using an Apple keyboard, but that would imply that the functionality exists somehow. – Hannele Oct 19 '17 at 20:39
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An external keyboard or on screen keyboard with numpad is required.

See page 4 here > http://na.sage.com/sage-300-erp/sage-300-erp-online/~/media/site/sage-300-erp/assets/online/Sage-300-ERP-Online-Mac-Resource-Guide.pdf

Mac keyboards lack the Insert key which is used in Sage 300 ERP for adding new lines to lists.

So instead, if using a Mac, on a keyboard with a number pad, with Numlock OFF, the “0” button will act as the Insert key.

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try fn+enter. Don't you hate it when you ask how to do something and people answer "why would you want to do that?"

  • Nobody asked "why" he wanted to do that, rather it was stated that the function he appeared to be requesting is not something that exists on Mac. – tubedogg Nov 17 '14 at 0:41
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OK, since we clarified that you are looking for insert keyboard key as function, it does not exist on Apple keyboards.

To insert text, you can simply highlight the text and typing will replace it (insert).

To insert a line, just use the return key at the end of the previous line.

MS office products have an Insert function. As long as we do not know your accounting software, we can not give you a more precise answer.

  • I need to insert a line - I have accounting software and I need to insert a line - I can do it with mac book running Snow Leopard but not with a mac air running Mountain Lion" OS - any ideas? – gene Jul 2 '13 at 21:46

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