I've noticed that pressing Ctrl+ Shift+ Right deletes text until some criteria are met but I can't figure out exactly what that is.

I'm also unsure how to find help when a character doesn't have a capital version, i.e. arrows. How can I use the help command in such cases?

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    I don't think Ctrl+Shift+Right is supposed to do anything by default. Either you have a mapping on this key sequence (use :verbose map <C-S-Right> to see the mapping and which script created it) or this is a keycode issue where your terminal emulator understands the keycode of <C-S-Right> as another one which happens to delete text.
    – statox
    Mar 16, 2021 at 18:47
  • As you pointed out, there is no mapping on this sequence. It could be a tmux thing. I'll dig into it! Mar 16, 2021 at 18:52
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    An answer I wrote a few years ago which could have been useful in your situation :) I've never heard of this being an issue in tmux (and never experienced such an issue after using tmux for several years), maybe you should check on your terminal emulator first.
    – statox
    Mar 16, 2021 at 18:58
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    oh man, what a perfect resource answer! It'll definitely help me troubleshoot this problem. The problem isn't with tmux, as you pointed out. My next step is going through my alacritty configs :) Mar 16, 2021 at 19:37
  • This might help: unix.stackexchange.com/a/34723/289772
    – user938271
    Mar 17, 2021 at 2:56

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In doubt I always check key sequences in gvim as it avoids side effects from the terminal.

What I observe is that it does the same thing as <c-right> and it seems to go the beginning of the next word, as with w.

If when you type :map + CTRL-V + CTRL+Shift+Right, it doesn't show :map <C-S-Right>, then you'll have to play (or struggle...) with your terminal configuration. I won't be able to help more on this topic as I gave up the fight: I've been using gvim for two 2 decades now, mainly for this reason.

You should be able to find several Q/A and resources here, on SO, and in vim mailing lists...

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