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No Insert Key on HP Elitebook Laptop Keyboard


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If you’re looking for a keyboard that has all the features then you will not find one easily. There will always be something missing on a laptop and in case your laptop is missing the insert key, this article can help you find one.

So, the common possibility of finding a keyboard that has the insert key is that there will be no insert key on an HP laptop.

No Insert Key on HP Elitebook Laptop Keyboard

Is there No Insert Key on HP Elitebook Laptop Keyboard?

Insert key is also indicated as INS and the majority of keyboards have this key and it is located near the backspace key. You can use the insert key to toggle the insertion of the text in front of the other text for overwriting.

Now, what should you do when you didn’t found this key on HP laptops? You should know that a keyboard never comes with a missing key but there can be a lack of an insert key on a keyboard due to any reason and we will be discussing those reasons in this article.

So, you can’t find the insert key on your laptop keyboard? Let’s discuss how to use a keyboard without an insert key.

Keyboard makers do give you some options to use a set of keystrokes through key combinations or even keyboard shortcuts.

If you are using a laptop with absent the insert key, you can use the insert key with the combination of 0 keys on your Numpad. The key will only function as an insert key when the number lock is turned off and the key should be labeled both 0 and INS. Plus, you can use the key to toggle temporarily.

Shift + 0 can allow you to use the insert key as you press the shift key together with a letter for single letter capitalization.

Now, all HP laptops have different keyboard keys arrangements but HP Elite Book is totally different from them.

HP Elite Book laptops don’t have an Insert key on them, so this is an ideal example in which HP laptop lacks an Insert key.

The shortcuts that you can use when you see no Insert key on HP laptop are FN + E and similarly, there are other combinations of keys available as well including:

FN+R = Break

FN+S = Sys Rq

FN+C = Scroll Lock

FN+E = Insert

FN+W = Pause

Similarly, there are some models on the HP keyboard where you see Insert key functioning on a keyboard differently. So, how to get an insert key on a keyboard that doesn’t have one? You can use these commands

To Paste = Shift+fn+prt sc (ins)

To Copy = Ctrl+fn+prt sc (ins)

All you need to do is verify the model number of your machine and ascertain about the shortcuts it supports to find all the keyboard shortcuts.

Turning off the Insert Key

Keep in mind that when the Insert key is enabled, the key toggles into the Overtype Mode and it will immediately overwrite the existing text when you start typing.

Being unaware of this problem means that you will remain confused but thankfully, there is the option to disable it or turn it off as well.

In Windows OS, every key has a scan code which allows the OS to maintain the keystrokes. You won’t be able to turn off the Ins key completely, but changing the code will result in a null character because once the registers are changed, there won’t be any effect of the key.

How to do it?

Go to Windows Registry editor by CMD and type regedit.msc in the Run dialog box.

Then, you need to move the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout

Right clock on the keyboard layout and then clock on New

Choose the binary value option and change it to 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 02 00 00 00 00 00 52 E0 00 00 00 00.

For some users, this can be complicated, but there are handful of tools available in the market like the SharpKeys to handle this and change registers keys for you.

Now that you know how to deal with no insert key on the laptop, you can choose your desired option for individual keyboards configurations and you can also find out how to use the insert key on a keyboard which are difficult to find through the instructions on the manual.


How to User Insert Key on HP Laptop

Combo of Fn + blue text can be used to insert functionality and to push the insert button.

What is the Insert Key Shortcuts,

Some HP laptops don’t have an insert key but what you have is the option to use keyboard shortcuts for keyboard parts not available like HP Elite Book doesn’t have an insert key. So, you can use the combination of  FN + E to control the Insert key.

What exactly is the purpose of the Insert key?

Shortcut keys are the solution for those laptops where Insert keys are not available and it is used to paste text on a computer. With the combination of shift + Insert, used to make changes to the existing text without dragging the cursor to the error and you can move the cursor in front of the error but it will overwrite the error.

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