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How to disable INS (insert) key

asked 2016-11-12 18:14:09 -0500

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I have Fedora 24 with Gnome. Is there a way to disable the Insert key (I press it accidentally all the time).

I was able to map CapsLock to Control in Gnome Tweaks, but I didn't find any option regarding Insert.

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answered 2016-11-16 09:32:04 -0500

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updated 2016-11-16 13:45:14 -0500

At a terminal, enter C-v Ins (CTRL and v combined then released, then the insert key). My output is ^[[2~. The ^[ is the ESC key. As proof, enter C-v Esc. To search the key binding, enter

bind -p | grep "\e\[2\~"

where \e is ESC. Using the utility bind, change or remove the key binding. For instance, by entering

bind '"\C-x\C-w\C-w":"Hi from the terminal!"'

I can enter CTRL-xCTRL-wCTRL-w and the quote is placed on the command line. Also, examine the utility "xmodmap". See topic EXAMPLES, specifically the one to set the keyboard's "rubout" key to generate an alternate keysym. This is an X Windowing System utility so I don't know how it will play-out with Wayland. Even so, applications may have their own specific key bindings.

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