I'm tuning :sp, :vsp things, and for example I have:

nnoremap <nowait> <C-L> <C-W><C-L>
nnoremap <nowait> <C-W><C-L> :vsp<CR><C-W><C-L>

Since I only want <C-W><C-L> sequence, i.e. if I type too fast (should no be a problem, as we're vim users), the sequence probably reversed to <C-L><C-W>, important part: since I have <nowait> <C-L>, I guess the only thing slow me down is <C-W>. So is it possible to have a map like

nnoremap <C-W> <NULL>           " When I keep <C-W> pressed I want it do nothing.
nnoremap <nowait> <C-W><C-L> \  " I want to keep this combination.

Btw, if I add <nowait> to it, would the <C-W><C-L> never be triggered?


After some try-and-errors I resolved this problem.

  1. Btw, if I add to it, would the never be triggered?


  2. Change nnoremap <C-W> <NULL> to:

     nnoremap <C-W> <ESC>

    Since normally no key will follow <ESC>. (Remember when you were a newbie and wanted to escape from it)

Result, done in 1 second:

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    Your mappings sounds like a good way to ask for trouble. IMHO you should not try to change the behavior of <C-W><C-L> that will bite you in the future. But anyway you are probably looking for <NOP> instead of <Esc> :h <Nop> – statox Apr 2 at 15:58
  • @statox: You comment deserves an answer! Btw I just got bited since I have map <...> <C-W>... and since I mapped <C-W> to <ESC>, it will modify the document I just open when I enter it! – job_start Apr 2 at 16:31
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    Feel free to add the <nop> thing to your answer, I'm pretty sure we have a duplicate of this question anyway :) And yes a good rule of thumb is not never remap an existing normal mode command (this is especially true for the <c-w> family) because 1) you often deprives yourself from a useful feature and 2) you are likely to break other things which will be painful in the long term. Prefixing your mapping with <leader> is often a good solution if you can't find an empty mapping which works for you. – statox Apr 2 at 17:05

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