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What is the difference between Insert and Enter?

If I have a form to fill in, which legend is better?

Insert your data


Enter your data

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Both are correct. This ngram shows that "enter your data" is more common. – Nico Apr 10 '14 at 9:48
@Nico both are correct, certainly! But when it's about filling the form, entering data is preferable I think. To be (even) precise, fill out the form simply means you have to fill it with some data - you enter (talks more about the completion of the process... maybe because we have the 'ENTER' key on our keyboard) or insert! GATA explicitly defined 'process' -that's what I liked about this answer. :) – Maulik V Apr 10 '14 at 10:51
I thought I would share this finding. There are uses of "enter/insert your name" as far back as the 19th century. – Nico Apr 10 '14 at 13:57
up vote 8 down vote accepted

You can insert a paragraph, text, a phrase or a clause but it doesn't imply the writing process but "Enter" conveys that sense. So I would choose "Enter". Also, the term data entry makes it further clear!

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Thank you Maulik :) I was dubious about it. – GATA Apr 10 '14 at 9:24
Yeah, I thought to improve it a bit so that to complete this answer and also upvote it ;) – Maulik V Apr 10 '14 at 9:36
Grata on first answer. – Inquist Apr 10 '14 at 16:08

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