Howto: Remove the Insert key

August 26, 2006 at 3:11 pm | Posted in tips and tricks, xubuntu | 4 Comments

Or, the most useless key on a keyboard. I constantly hit and lose what I’ve already typed. You can remove it with one command:

xmodmap -e "keycode 106 = "

You can do this with other keys too. Run xev, press a button, and in the output, look for the Keycode.



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  1. nice tip. i think i’ll just pluck the key off with a screw driver and insert it somewhere.

  2. I am used to use insert key to copy (Ctrl+Insert) paste (Shift+Insert) text. What kind of keyboards you use, when you accidentally press insert?

  3. It’s a normal keyboard. I just have chubby fingers 😉

  4. Do these bindings remain after logging out, or is there another command required to make them “stick”? The man pages for xmodmap mention something about an “.xmodmaprc” file and I’ve read about an “xkbset” command. Any insights?

    Thanks for the kick-ass blog,

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