I wan't to map jump shortcut for insert mode such as

imap <A-w> <Esc>wi
imap <A-b> <Esc>bi

Even though <A-b> works perfectly. <A-w> appear to not work properly.

How can I map <A-w> for insert mode that it will jump ahead 1 word but still maintain the insert mode?

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    You might want to try inoremap and <C-o>w instead of <esc>wi (idem for <C-o>b).
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Aug 28, 2020 at 19:49
  • @D.BenKnoble it works. Thank you so much Aug 29, 2020 at 16:10

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From my comment:

You might want to try inoremap <A-w> <C-o>w and inoremap <A-b> <C-o>b

Control-o is like a oneshot normal mode: you get one “operation”, and then you’re back in insert mode. I rarely use it except in mappings, though I don’t tend to move around much in insert mode.

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