How To Use The Insert Key Instead Of Ctrl-V To Paste The Text In Microsoft Word

All of us know Ctrl V is used to paste the copied content. But one can also use the Insert key instead of Ctrl V or instead of right-clicking and pasting the copied contents. This option is not available by default and one who wants to use it must do some changes in the settings. It can be done in various methods. In this article, we will discuss how to enable the insert key to paste the contents in Microsoft Word.

Method 1: Change The Settings In Microsoft Word


Step 1: Open the Microsoft Word 

Step 2: Click on the File option at the top left corner of the Word document




Step 3: Scroll down and click on Options which is at the bottom left corner





Step 4: In the opened window, go to the advanced tab

Step 5: Find for Cut, copy, and paste section on the right side

Step 6: Enable the Use the Insert key for paste option by clicking on the checkbox beside it


Insert Key


Step 7: To save the changes click on OK. Now copy the text that you want to paste and press insert key from the keyboard to paste it.


Method 2: Use The Local Group Policy Editor


Step 1: Open the run prompt using Windows + R keys together

Step 2: Type gpedit.msc in the run prompt and hit enter. This will open Local group policy editor window




Step 3: On the left, click on the arrow beside User configuration to expand it

Step 4: Expand Administrative templates




Step 5: Then go to Microsoft Word 2016 (the version you are using) then Word options

Step 6: Click on Advanced

Step 7: Double click on the Use the Insert key for paste

Step 8: Now click on Enabled 

Step 9: To save the changes click on OK

Step 10: Restart the Microsoft Word. Now you can use Insert key to paste the copied text.


Method 3: Use The Registry Editor


Step 1: Open the run prompt using Windows + R keys together

Step 2: Type regedit.exe in the run prompt and hit enter 




Step 3: A user account control window will appear click on yes. This will open the windows registry

Step 4: Navigate to the following path in the registry





Step 5: Right click on the version of Microsoft Office, in this case 16.0. Click on New

Step 6: Select Key and name it as word


16 Key


Step 7: Right click on the word and click on new

Step 8: Select key and give the name as options


Word Newkey


Step 9: Right-click on options and click on New

Step 10: Select DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it as insertkey


Dword Value


Step 11: Double click on insertkey on the right side




Step 12: In the value data enter the value as 1


Value Data


Step 13: Click on OK

Step 14: Restart the computer and you can use insert key to paste now on.

Note: If you want to disable this feature, you can change its value to zero or even you can delete it by right clicking on the options folder and click on delete.

That’s it! I hope this article is helpful. Thank you!!