I'm not expert in vim at all but I like it a lot.

In my personal computer I've loaded the example_vimrc in my .vimrc and added some extra lines so when I type a bullet point and keep typing till 80 characters, vim automatically wraps my line an continues below like this

* This is an example line, just guess that the line break is at 80
  characters and when I keep typing vim do this great thing of
  indenting my lines like this.

In my job computer, I have the SAME .vimrc file but I managed to note that the condition 'if has ("autocmd")' is not true and I don't know what happens (because I'm newbie) but when I type the kind of text like above I get the following

* This is an example of a line representing what happens in my job
* I'm not really pressing ENTER, and obviously I'm not typing a 
* bullet like '*' with each new line because this is the same note 
* but vim automatically adds a new '*' with each line wrap

How can I get rid of this behavior?? I already read a related post and tried to use the option 'set comments=' but I get the following behavior

* This is a line after setting 'set comments=' which removes the '*'
I think, but after line wrapping the indentation doesn't work and
the text keeps appearing like this, although if I manually add blank
  spaces like in THIS LINE and I keep typing then when vim wraps the
  line, automatically aligns the text like this, I hope it can give 
  you a clue of what is happening.

Thanks in advance for your help!, remember my .vimrc is the example_vimrc

1 Answer 1


Check out Disable automatic comment insertion, you probably want to add this in your vimrc file:

:set formatoptions-=cro

From :h fo-table:

You can use the 'formatoptions' option  to influence how Vim formats text.
'formatoptions' is a string that can contain any of the letters below. The
default setting is "tcq". You can separate the option letters with commas for

letter   meaning when present in 'formatoptions'

t        Auto-wrap text using textwidth
c        Auto-wrap comments using textwidth, inserting the current comment
         leader automatically.
r        Automatically insert the current comment leader after hitting
         <Enter> in Insert mode.
o        Automatically insert the current comment leader after hitting 'o' or
         'O' in Normal mode.

Edit: Looks like you were on the right track, I should have dug in the :set comments? direction.

The default value is s1:/*,mb:*,ex:*/,://,b:#,:%,:XCOMM,n:>,fb:- (and for the record you replaced mb:* with fb:*).

Read :h format-comments for more details:

The 'comments' option is a comma-separated list of parts. Each part defines a
type of comment string. A part consists of:

{string} is the literal text that must appear.


  m     Middle of a three-piece comment

  f     Only the first line has the comment string.  Do not repeat comment on
        the next line, but preserve indentation (e.g., a bullet-list).
  • I tried it but nothing changed, as your reply states 'The default setting is tcq' I had default values and if I do ':set fo-=cro' nothing changes because the value is actually 'tcq' (not containing cro), thanks anyway.
    – Migdress
    Aug 29, 2017 at 18:13
  • Maybe test with vim -u NONE and compare the vim --version on both machines (then edit your question). I wonder which &filetype is this?
    – LEI
    Aug 29, 2017 at 18:18
  • vim version in my job machine is 7.4.52 and if I do :set filetype? when executed vim -u NONE the result is filetype=
    – Migdress
    Aug 29, 2017 at 18:21
  • Hey! I just discovered something, if I type '-' instead of '*' the behavior is the expected!! hope this helps
    – Migdress
    Aug 29, 2017 at 18:33
  • Glad you found out, happy vimming ;)
    – LEI
    Aug 29, 2017 at 18:53

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