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I want to hide

-- INSERT --

from the status line.

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up vote 19 down vote accepted

In the command line mode type below line and press Enter

:set noshowmode

And if you want to make it permanent then write that line (set noshowmode) without colon inside .vimrc file inside your home directory

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Without the colon. – romainl Jul 18 '12 at 12:21
Commands in the .vimrc (or, indeed, Vim scripts in general) can have the colon in them, it just happens to be optional and most script writers prefer to exclude it. – Heptite Jul 18 '12 at 18:31
I was having problem with this setting inside .vimrc, but not using :set noshowmode. To solve it, I had to put it at the bottom of my .vimrc file. – Tico Apr 28 at 13:11

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