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Say I type ciw then it will show c then ci then blank. Is it possible to keep it there until I start a new sequence of commands? I'm assuming that since a lot of videos I see use an overlay logging key presses, this is not a feature.

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  • set notimeout or set timeoutlen=10000 ... but at your own risk :)
    – Maxim Kim
    Jun 11 at 17:42
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    Not sure if I misunderstood you or you misunderstood me, but I mean that once a command has been typed successfully, the text showing the characters typed disappears and I was wondering if I can preserve the text until the next command (only saying that since the 2 commands do nothing in relation to my problem).
    – Doot
    Jun 11 at 18:50
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    Does this answer your question? Showing command history with showcmd
    – Rich
    Jun 12 at 4:17
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    See also this answer: vi.stackexchange.com/a/16858/343 (The question is slightly different, but the answer also applies to your question.)
    – Rich
    Jun 12 at 4:20

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