I would like to move to the start of the line on the command-line mode with Ctrl + a. Right now I have the following setting on my ~/.vimrc, which is effective on insert mode:

inoremap <C-a> <Esc>I
inoremap <C-e> <Esc>A

Of course on the normal mode you can move using 0 and $.

At least on the command-line mode, I can move to the end of the line by Ctrl + e, but is it also possible to move to the start of the line, possibly with Ctrl + a?


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In command line mode <C-b> is used to move to the beginning of the line :h c_CTRL-B

So you can use

cnoremap <c-a> <c-b>

Note that I would argue that it is useful to learn to use <c-b>: <c-a> in command line mode insert all of the file names which match the pattern in front of the cursor which can be pretty useful. For example, in my home directory, I can type

:argadd .bash

Then when I type <c-a> the command line will become:

:argadd .bashrc .bash_aliases .bash_aliases_local .bash_history .bash_profile

And I can then edit all of these files.

To keep this feature you can also create the invert mapping:

cnoremap <c-b> <c-a>
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    Thanks for the answer and also the tips! But for me it is more comfortable to make the behavior of <c-a> aligned in all situations, as it is the default shortcut on most editors on macOS.
    – Blaszard
    Feb 27, 2018 at 10:11
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    @Blaszard I understand that it is also the default behavior of most shells :)
    – statox
    Feb 27, 2018 at 10:25

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