When I start command prompt (cmd.exe) in my Vista Business 32-bit, it acts as if the Insert key was toggled, so whatever I type overwrites the characters under the cursor. I can turn it off by pressing Insert, but whenever I move into a new line (next command), Insert turns back on.

It's incredibly annoying and unfortunately I don't know how this happened, but I'd like to turn this mode off.

  • Happens in Windows 7 as well. I miss Linux. This and many other crap just doesn't happen in Linux. – AlikElzin-kilaka Jul 11 '15 at 7:43

At the extreme top left of most windows, there is a small box which - when clicked - opens the system menu. Usually this menu contains nothing much more than Move, Size, Minimize and Maximize. For command windows, it also includes Properties. Select that, go to the Options tab and make sure that Insert mode is enabled. Click OK to save your changes, and when prompted, choose "Save properties for future windows with same title".

You can also do this by right-clicking on the shortcut you use to open the command window and selecting Properties.

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    ah, thanks. I had Insert mode disabled, but it's apparent that Insert Mode does exactly the opposite of what I thought. – Axarydax Sep 17 '10 at 15:48

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