Pressing Ctrl-w in Insert mode will delete the previous word. It is equivalent to Ctrl-Backspace in Windows, and Opt-Delete in OS X, and really speeds up typing.

Vim has the separate concepts of word and WORD (see :help word). This is invaluable for text navigation: it is the difference between w and W, b and B, and so on.

Ctrl-w operates on word. Is there a similar instruction for WORD?

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I don't believe there is one built in, but you can map one yourself in your vimrc:

inoremap <c-b> <esc>vBda
  • I like this. It's an available, open mapping with a clear mnemonic. Feb 5, 2015 at 2:06
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    I think <esc>BdiWi might be better. vBda doesn't seem to behave consistently (try inside, for example, db:seed).
    – muru
    Feb 5, 2015 at 2:15
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    When doing one of normal mode commands from insert mode, consider using <C-o> instead Feb 5, 2015 at 3:24

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