Is there any way to have N++ start in overwrite mode, instead of insert mode?

  • Whenever I start N++, I always have to press “Insert” on my keyboard (or click where it says “INS” in the bottom right of the status bar) to toggle INS/OVR because I always want it to be in overwrite mode instead of insert mode.

    Is there a setting that would make N++ automatically start in overwrite mode instead of insert mode? I think most text editors have such a setting, but I can’t find it in N++.

    If not, is there any way to run a simple script at startup (I use Windows 10), that makes it automatically change from INS to OVR every time I launch it?

    Thanks devs! I’m very happy with this software so far!

  • @Mike-Manion

    As a fan of the Pythonscript plugin, I would do it in my script with this command:


    If you use the secondary view ever, you may want to do:


    I’m sure there are other ways as well…

  • @Scott-Sumner said:


    Thanks, it worked!

    For anyone needing more detail, here are the steps:

    • Click Plugins -> Plugin Manager.
    • Check the box next to “Python Script”, then click the “Install” button to install it.
    • Click Plugins -> Python Script -> Configuration.
    • In the “Initialisation” dropdown, change it from LAZY to ATSTARTUP.
    • Add the suggested line to the end of C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\plugins\PythonScript\scripts\

  • I had this question too. Finding the answer was easy. I thought I was in for hours of searching. I looked at only one other place before coming to this one and to my surprise the question/answer was staring at me in the face. The entry outlining the steps was helpful indeed. Notepad++ transformed the way I do many things. I am just now learning and already understand it’s value. Keep up the good work. My performance is based on the knowledge of others. Thanks!

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