Insert Method

String.Insert Method (Int32, String)


Returns a new string in which a specified string is inserted at a specified index position in this instance.

Namespace:   System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public string Insert(
	int startIndex,
	string value


Type: System.Int32

The zero-based index position of the insertion.

Type: System.String

The string to insert.

Return Value

Type: System.String

A new string that is equivalent to this instance, but with value inserted at position startIndex.

Exception Condition

value is null.


startIndex is negative or greater than the length of this instance.

If startIndex is equal to the length of this instance, value is appended to the end of this instance.


This method does not modify the value of the current instance. Instead, it returns a new string in which value is inserted into the current instance.

For example, the return value of "abc".Insert(2, "XYZ") is "abXYZc".

The following console application provides a simple demonstration of the Insert method.

using System;

public class Example {
    public static void Main() 
        string animal1 = "fox";
        string animal2 = "dog";

        string strTarget = String.Format("The {0} jumped over the {1}.", 
                                         animal1, animal2);

        Console.WriteLine("The original string is:{0}{1}{0}", 
                          Environment.NewLine, strTarget);

        Console.Write("Enter an adjective (or group of adjectives) " +
                      "to describe the {0}: ==> ", animal1);
        string adj1 = Console.ReadLine();

        Console.Write("Enter an adjective (or group of adjectives) " + 
                      "to describe the {0}: ==> ", animal2);    
        string adj2 = Console.ReadLine();

        adj1 = adj1.Trim() + " ";
        adj2 = adj2.Trim() + " ";

        strTarget = strTarget.Insert(strTarget.IndexOf(animal1), adj1);
        strTarget = strTarget.Insert(strTarget.IndexOf(animal2), adj2);

        Console.WriteLine("{0}The final string is:{0}{1}", 
                          Environment.NewLine, strTarget);
// Output from the example might appear as follows:
//       The original string is:
//       The fox jumped over the dog.
//       Enter an adjective (or group of adjectives) to describe the fox: ==> bold
//       Enter an adjective (or group of adjectives) to describe the dog: ==> lazy
//       The final string is:
//       The bold fox jumped over the lazy dog.

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 4.5
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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