Recently I found out that vim has added the :terminal command which opens a terminal buffer within vim, however I see no way to enter normal mode so that I can move around and copy things. Neovim has it as \n. Is there an equivalent in vim which lets me switch to normal mode?


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You can use Ctrl-W N to enter normal mode from the terminal. (That's Ctrl-W Shift+N, for an uppercase N).

It is also possible to use Ctrl-\ Ctrl-N, which might be easier to type (thanks @D.BenKnoble for the comment.)

Thanks @ChristianBrabandt for the tip on :help terminal-use.

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    Also <C-\><C-n>, which i find easier to type.
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Jul 17, 2019 at 12:45

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