With the newly released Windows 10 update 2004, we can run native Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) 2 and install Ubuntu 20.04 on it. Then we can run native bash inside the latest Windows Terminal. However, when I run vim in it, I have trouble with vim's visual block selection: :

  1. In this environment, both <c-v> and <c-V> are used for Windows Copy;
  2. Since this vim is running in a "pure" linux environment, it has nothing to do with mswin.vim;
  3. I tried <c-q> and it doesn't work;

What's the most organic solution for resolving this issue? Is mapping a different key, like <c-q> acting as visual block selection the only one?


  • Welcome to Vi and Vim!
    – filbranden
    May 29, 2020 at 4:50
  • (P.S. <C-v> and <C-V> are probably the same if the environment faithfully replicates terminal handling; the two are indistinguishable as key 0x16.) What happens when you press <C-q>? If you haven't disabled control flow, it may not get to vim to start visual-block mode (:help CTRL-V-alternative)
    – D. Ben Knoble
    May 29, 2020 at 13:38
  • Hi Ben Knoble, nothing happens when I press <C-q> in normal mode. How can I disable the control flow then and what's the side effects of it? Thanks!
    – Kevin Wang
    Jun 3, 2020 at 17:39

1 Answer 1


The solution I found to this problem is to comment out the lines in the Windows Terminal settings.json binding copy and paste to Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V respectively. By default, they are bound to Ctrl+Shift+C and Ctrl+Shift+V.

        // Copy and paste are bound to Ctrl+Shift+C and Ctrl+Shift+V in your defaults.json.
        // These two lines additionally bind them to Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V.
        // To learn more about selection, visit https://aka.ms/terminal-selection
        // { "command": {"action": "copy", "singleLine": false }, "keys": "ctrl+c" },
        // { "command": "paste", "keys": "ctrl+v" },     


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