Forum Question: What Happened To the Insert Key

I have a program that i use for work, that is in dos. It’s a scheduling program. Anyway, in order for me to put in place an employee at work i use the insert key. But when i try to work on it at home on my MacBook Pro, i can not figure out what key is the insert. Do you have any suggestions for my issue, or i just out of luck?
Matthew Hazelrigg

Comments: 3 Responses to “What Happened To the Insert Key”

    8/26/12 @ 10:41 am

    I don’t think there has ever been an Insert key on the Mac.
    So you say that this is a DOS program? How are you running it?
    If you are using Parallels or VMWare Fusion then perhaps there is a way to map a function key or other keyboard combo to that Windows-specific key?
    Another option is to see if the program allows you to change keyboard settings – in most modern programs you can set them up how you want. But if the program is so old it is in DOS then maybe not.
    Also, experiment. Try other keys. Try the Home key. Try Control+page up, down, arrows, etc. See if any of them work to trigger the functionality you need.

    John M. Hammer
    8/26/12 @ 3:09 pm

    Try the fn-return key combination. I used this in the past; it should still be valid.

    8/26/12 @ 3:19 pm

    Not sure, but I know there is a work-around for forward delete(fn-delete), page up(fn-up arrow), pg down(fn-down arrow), top of page(fn-left arrow), bottom of page(fn-right arrow). So there is probably a work around. Based on this, look at fn key combos.

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