Where's my Insert key?!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by TheMonarch, Jul 15, 2006.

  1. macrumors 65816


    I feel like suck a newb for asking, but... Does anybody know what the insert key is on a Mac? :confused:

    Right now I'm in desperate need of the insert key. And its nowhere to be found.


    EDIT: I'm using an Apple BT keyboard, if thats any help.
  2. macrumors 6502


    Insert Keys are found only on PC keyboards.
  3. macrumors 601


    What does an insert key do anyway?
  4. macrumors 68040


    Why do you need a insert key? They seem to be annoyance for me on the PC. Why would you ever want to turn it off? Its just a annoying thing that little kids turn off....... unless you have a reason to turn it off. I have no clue what that would be.:eek:
  5. macrumors 68000


    if you hit the insert key it will over write the next character with whatever you type. and it will keep doing it until you hit it again! :mad: annoying if you ask me!
  6. macrumors 65816


    Yeah, I know it can get very annoying. But I don't need it for word processing. I'm doing my 3D modeling HW (Maya), and I need to change the center of an object, which would be done by pressing the Insert key [On a PC].

    I get plenty of crap for using a Mac for 3D work :eek:
  7. macrumors 68000


    ive never touched maya but can you change the preferences. also i have found that most 3d modeling programs have a way to do everything through the menu if you look hard enough!
  8. macrumors 65816


    Essentially you are always in insert mode on a Mac. Microsoft Word used to have some kludgy keyboard command to trigger destructive overtype. Because it is destructive, and an easy way to ruin your work, the Mac never had it and Microsoft got rid of it. In the Mac version of Word there is a little OVR button in the staus bar (on the bottom of the screen). If you click it, it turns green and this "feature" will work just as before. I believe Microsoft plans to get rid of overtype in all future versions of Word.

    The Mac way is to highlight the text you want to remove, and then type the replacement text. There are quick ways of selecting words, lines, paragraphs and arbitrary chucks of text which are worth learning.

    You might want to check out David Pogue's "Switching to the Mac: the Missing Manual". It explains many of the differences that switchers find confusing. There are also numberous online guides. Usually it takes about two weeks to adjust. After a few months, most switchers come to prefer the Mac way.

    Best wishes.
  9. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Try the Help key.
  10. macrumors 68040


    Nermal is right. The help key on a Mac keyboard is actually the same key as the insert key on a PC keyboard. Of course it doesn't do the same thing on a Mac, but if you plug a Mac keyboard into a Windows machine, it works like insert. The only thing that confuses me is why Maya would require the use of the insert key when it's known that there is no insert key on a Mac, and Maya is used on a lot of Macs.
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    Thank you for the lengthy and informative response, but I need the insert key for Maya (3D app) :)

    No dice :(
  12. macrumors 68030


    This is a complete shot in the dark as I don't know Maya, but how about the Home key. Just on the intuitive thought that the home of the object would be at it's center.
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    Yess!!! :D

    Thank you!

    (BTW, I'm still a beginner in Maya, and going back and forth from a Mac and PC can get confusing with these kind of apps [which aren't very intuitive] :eek: )
  14. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Maya has actually become "less Mac" with each release. When I used 3.5, it said to use the Command key, the Option key, etc. In 5, it says to use Control and Alt :(
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    maybe control alt help key?

    apple shift option?

    kinda play aroudn with the shift, apple, control, help, and alt keys. :)
  16. Moderator


    Staff Member

    We've already figured it out, it's Home.
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Well, since the author of this thread has the answer....I have to ask....where, in the name of Bob, is the help key? I have never seen a help key on any Mac I own...
  18. macrumors 68000


    With Windows I often used holding shift to select and control to move blocks, (words), rather than characters. With Mac, it becomes shift and option. I always found it easier than moving to the mouse, selecting then back to keyboard to type.
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    You're more than welcome. I actually can't believe it was right...I just looked over on that side of the keyboard and saw it right there next to Help and thought "that would make sense", usually that just gets me in trouble, but I'm glad it worked this time. :D
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    Wow, I've never even used Maya, but I hate it already.
  21. macrumors newbie

    MAYA ANSWER for G4

    For a G4 powerBook or MacBook keyboard you must hit fn + home (the back arrow)- This will activate the pivot in Maya.
  22. macrumors newbie

    i figured out how to do the insert on a mac (it's called overtype).

    i weeded through the responses and it didnt look like anyone answered your question.

    if you still need to know its a funciton that you can toggle via a radio button on the lower right corner of the document window. rec, trk, ext, and ovr. click on the ovr one and you should be in insert mode.

    if this is too late of an answer, oh well, maybe some other person can get some use out of it.

    (found the this info at macoshints.com)
  23. macrumors newbie

    Maya 8.5 - Pivot Point

    Theres several other ways to move your pivot point in Maya. The simplest way is to go into your; (Have your object selected)

    Attribute Editor, for example: pCube1:
    Highlight -Check Mark - your Display Rotate Pivot;
    Scroll Down to; World Space.
    When use your ZXY Axis to move your pivot point (Scale or Rotate) to your desired location.

    Hope this helps...
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    just found this. at least it works in windows on my mbp. fn + enter.
  25. mio
    macrumors newbie

    Moving the pivot point in Maya

    I had the exact same problem just now as I'm using Maya... only even worse as I don't seem to have a home key either!

    Anyway the answer is you hold down D while you move the pivot point to where you want. Phew...I thought Macs were supposed to be easier to use :D

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