When I use imap or inoremap to create any shortcut in Neovim 0.2.0, the shortcuts seem to act as if they are not there! Here is an example that I just tried.

nnoremap <F2> :w!<CR>
vnoremap <F2> <Esc>:w!<CR>gv
inoremap <F2> <Esc>:w!<CR>gi

The insert mode mapping just types in the key combination when I enter it in insert mode. However, the normal and visual mode mappings work just fine. I have tried other combinations such as zz C-s and others.

Any ideas?

P.S. I have stty -ixon in my shell rc file.

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    Can't reproduce on Vim 8.0.586 on Windows. Try starting with vim -u NONE (or whatever Neovim's version of that is) and see if the problem persists.
    – Tumbler41
    Oct 5, 2017 at 14:18
  • What exactly gets typed? What does imap <Esc> print?
    – Mass
    Oct 5, 2017 at 14:19
  • @Mass Well, binding escape exits insert mode like normal. In other cases, <C-s> prints out ^S as it would with no binding.
    – Zack Frost
    Oct 5, 2017 at 15:13
  • I'm not sure what <c-s> has to do with this? Basically, the answer is it should work and you must have something in your configs that is, for example, changing what <esc> does (see @Tumbler41's comment).
    – Mass
    Oct 5, 2017 at 15:24
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    @ZackFrost You may have a look here to try and debug your vimrc first.
    – Tumbler41
    Oct 5, 2017 at 15:26

2 Answers 2


So as it turns out, the problem was that I had

set paste

In my init.vim file. Removing that line solved it, and now insert mode key bindings work fine!

  • :checkhealth warns about this in 0.2.1 Oct 23, 2017 at 11:17

Instead of the <esc>...gi pattern, it is generally better to use <c-o> to temporarily leave insert mode to use a command:

inoremap <F2> <c-\><c-o>:w!<cr>

<c-\><c-o> is like <c-o> except does not move the cursor backwards when at the end of the line.

  • It still does not work
    – Zack Frost
    Oct 5, 2017 at 15:35
  • Interestingly, I found the solution on my own just now!
    – Zack Frost
    Oct 5, 2017 at 15:38
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    This feels more like a comment than an answer. It sidesteps the issue rather than explaining what it is.
    – Rich
    Oct 5, 2017 at 15:40

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