I have following mapping

imap jj :execute 'tabnew'<cfile><CR>

instead of opening the under the cursor it just puts the string in place.

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    imap is an insert mode mapping. you probably want map. – Herb Wolfe Oct 5 '17 at 3:43
  • i especially want this to happen during insert mode – nikoss Oct 5 '17 at 4:11

You should use instead of So imap jj <C-\><C-O> :tabnew <cfile><CR>

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  • Welcome to this site! Your answer is flagged as low quality, it would be nice to add an explanation of what <C-\><C-O> does and how it differs from the accepted answer: that would be more useful for future users reading your answer. – statox Jan 13 '19 at 17:50
  • Source Ctrl-O switches to normal mode for one command, then switches back to insert mode so you can continue typing. – user1431578 Jan 14 '19 at 19:07

I figured the issue out.

imap is actually doing exactly as it's told to do. It is going and pressing keys I typed there. So what I was missing to make it press before the command imap jj <ESC> :tabnew <cfile> <CR> works perfectly

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  • @Rich thanks for pointing out I just forgot about this question and I just couldn't immediately accept my own question back then. – nikoss Nov 6 '17 at 22:24

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