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I keep hitting it accidentally and it really annoys me...is there any way to disable it's default behavior?

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What is the default behaviour, apart from toggling insert/overwrite mode in editors? –  enzotib Jul 11 '11 at 16:37
    
That's the default behavior. I want it to do nothing. –  Jorge Jul 11 '11 at 19:20

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Go to Keyboard Shortcuts in System settings, then press Add button and insert a Name of your choice, say "DisableIns", and true as a hermless command then press Apply button.

Now, in the Custom Shortcuts section you will find an entry

DisableIns | Disabled

Click on disabled, then perform your custom shortcut Ins. Press close, you're done.

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I'm not sure it is the "right" way, but in my tests I could disable the behaviour of Insert using the following command:

$ xmodmap -e "keycode 118 ="

If this works for you, you could put the assignment in a file ~/.Xmodmap, i.e.

keycode 118 =

which should be loaded automatically at login. See questions here and here for more information about local xmodmap configuration.

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