How to Insert at the End of a Line in Vim

Learn how to move your cursor to the end of the line and enter insert mode in Vim.

How to Insert at the End of a Line in Vim

Vim can be a very intimidating editor when you start. But once you get the hang of it, it can become one of the single best productivity boosters for any coder. Entering insert mode in the correct position will be a necessity if you are going to use Vim. There are multiple ways to get into Insert mode. Here is how to insert at the end of a line in Vim.

How to Insert at the End of a Line in Vim

To insert at the end of a line in Vim, use the A (uppercase) key.

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Pressing uppercase A will put you into insert mode and move the cursor to the end of the line. This is particularly useful when you are properly navigating your file in NORMAL mode. Of course, this isn’t the only way to enter insert mode in Vim. Here are a few other ways you can insert characters.

Other Ways to Insert in Vim

Vim provides many different ways to enter insert mode to begin entering characters into your file. Here are just a few:

  • i – insert before cursor
  • a (lowercase) – insert after cursor
  • A (uppercase) – insert end of line
  • o (lowercase) – insert on new line
  • O (uppercase) – insert on new line above 

While most users will use the “i” key to enter insert mode, the above commands will allow you to enter insert mode in the four main directions, left and right of the cursor and above and below the line. It will cover the majority of scenarios you need and will make you more productive.

How to Jump to the End of a Line in VIM?

To jump to the end of a line and not enter insert mode in Vim, you can use the $ (dollar sign) key.

  • $ (dollar sign) – Move Cursor to End of Line

The $ key in Vim is a helpful alternative to A (uppercase) if you don’t have the intention to enter insert mode after the keystroke.

We hope you found this guide helpful. Check out our Vim section for more useful Vim tips and tricks to boost your productivity.