`. seems to take me to where I last left insert mode, but I would like to jump to where my cursor was when I entered insert mode last.

How can I do that?

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If you haven't yanked or changed text since your last insertion, then you can use the `[ mark (see docs), which gets you back "to the first character of the previously changed or yanked text."

By the way, `. will track your last change, not necessarily an insertion, a deletion, indent or format operation would also reset this mark.

The `^ mark is the one tracking your last insertion. (But, as you mentioned, it will go back to where your cursor ended, not started.)

See also:

  • :changes, which shows you a list of recent changes, including insertions;
  • the g; command, which lets you jump back to previous positions in that list (and corresponding g, to jump forward.)
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    This was probably the hardest markdown I ever had to type, given the number of `s (couldn't have more than one on the same line) and [ is special too... Phew!
    – filbranden
    Commented Jul 19, 2019 at 14:01
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    I just used <code> tags. I tried <code>`[</code> earlier but it didn't work for me, i guess I'd accidentally made an additional change in-between bc it is actually what I want.
    – minseong
    Commented Jul 19, 2019 at 20:33
  • @theonlygusti If you have another ` on the same line, that will confuse it... Preview window was terribly helpful here!
    – filbranden
    Commented Jul 19, 2019 at 20:36

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