I accidentally pressed qq, and now the status line says recording. What does that mean? How do I get out of this "recording" mode?

Pressing Esc doesn't work.

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    Can't you just read :help recording?
    – romainl
    Commented Feb 3, 2015 at 21:10
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    @romainl That's obvious in retrospect, but not to someone who is stuck. Commented Feb 3, 2015 at 21:11
  • This isn't strictly a "mode" in the Vim sense of the term, so I've edited out the [modes] tag.
    – Doorknob
    Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 15:21
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    @200_success :help recording isn't obvious, but :help q is and leads to the same place. Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 15:23

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q is the command to begin the recording of a macro. By pressing qq you have told Vim to record a macro and store it in the register q. To stop Vim to record the macro, and thus to make the message recording disappear, you have to stop the recording by pressing q again. See :help recording for more details.


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