Because the keys d and xare used in normal mode to delete letters, I map <ctrl-d> and <ctrl-x> in insert mode to delete and backspace.

However, when I started to use completion plugin (I use supertab now, though it doesn't update recently, it still works good), if I press <ctrl-x> in insert mode, vim jump into CTRL-X mode.

After searching, I found that key <ctrl-x> actually predefined in ins-completion feature. Because using supertab I can use <tab> to search completion, I still want to use <ctrl-x> as backspace in insert mode. Is there a way to do that?

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It sounds as though the supertab plugin has either overwritten or removed your insert mode mapping. You can check if this is the case with the command:

:verbose imap <C-X>

You can reinstate your mapping simply by re-running your map command again:

:inoremap <C-X> <BS>

The best way to do this automatically in your vim configuration is probably to use the after directory as suggested by @filbranden in the comments:

Create a .vim file with any name in the location:


with the contents:

inoremap <C-X> <BS>

This will be run after supertab (and all other plugins) and so can override its settings. See :help after-directory for more details.

  • I execute :verbose imap <C-X>, it says Last set from .......supertab\plugin\supertab.vim Sep 2, 2019 at 13:34
  • I guess I can add autocmd to remap <ctrl-x> when I enter insert mode Sep 2, 2019 at 13:36
  • I add command autocmd InsertEnter * inoremap <C-x> <BS> in my .vimrc, and works, thank you Sep 2, 2019 at 13:47
  • The best way to override settings from plug-ins is in files under ~/.vim/after, which are run after plug-ins load. In this case, putting inoremap <C-x> <bs> in ~/.vim/after/plugin/ctrl-x.vim (or any other file *.vim in that directory) would solve that.
    – filbranden
    Sep 2, 2019 at 17:55
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    @filbranden Huh. For some reason I had it in my head when I wrote this answer that some plugin managers actually load plugins with :runtime rather than just manipulating the 'rtp', in which case it would be arguably simpler just to move the setting further down in your vimrc. I can't find any evidence that this is true now, though. I'll update my answer to include your suggestion.
    – Rich
    Sep 3, 2019 at 9:44

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