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Find the Insert Key on Your Keyboard

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 by | Filed Under: Hardware & Peripherals, Shortcuts & Keyboard Tricks

Josephine from California asks:

Where is the “insert key” on my keyboard?

Thanks for the question, Josephine. The Insert key more often than not is located in the right half of the keyboard and is usually next to the Delete key. The Insert key is labeled “Ins”. The exact position of the Insert various from one keyboard model to another. In this tip, we’ll take a look at two keyboard models.

Take a look at the following keyboard:


This is a typical keyboard found on laptops. If we zoom into the right half of the keyboard, you’ll notice the Insert key in the top right-hand corner, as highlighted in the image below. You’ll also notice that it next to the Delete key, which is labeled “Del”.


Next, let’s take a look another keyboard model. The image shows a typical keyboard that is plugged into laptops. This type of keyboard is extremely useful when your laptop keyboard isn’t working or when you aren’t used to the cramped laptop keyboard.


If we zoom to the right half of this keyboard, you’ll notice the Insert key, as highlighted in the image below, is located in the last key row.


The trick to identifying the Insert key is to look at the right side of the keyboard and locate the key labeled “Ins”. This key is your Insert key. If you already know where the Delete key is on your keyboard, then simply locate it and the Insert key will most likely be next to it.

~Rupen Sharma

7 Responses to “Find the Insert Key on Your Keyboard”

  1. Ed Radasky says:

    The insert key is virtually useless. I have never known anyone who uses it to modify a document. There are much more efficient ways. In my view, the insert key should be eliminated from keyboards, and replaced with another function which would be more practical. When the insert key is accicentally touched, it starts to delete text which one does not want to delete, which happened to me and others, and confused and frightened us until we managed to figure out what we had inadvertently done.

  2. Rhonda says:

    Hi. I have found the insert button but it is shared on the prt scr key and I don’t know how to make it active. I have tried using it along with the shift but it isn’t helping. The insert seems to be locked on and I cannot turn it off. Can you help me please?

  3. XRumerTest says:

    Hello. And Bye.

  4. Edo says:

    On my laptop the ins key is combined with the 0 on the right side, where 1..9 are organized in a 3×3 square with the double size 0/ins button being below the 1 and 2. To use ins turn off num lock, to use 0 turn on num lock.

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