I have bind q to :qa that hides q:.

Is there a command to enter the Command Line Window that is not q:?

How to access the Command Line Window without typing: q:?

  • Press : to enter a vim command. Or are you talking in vimscript, or from invoking vim from the command line or a shell script? Dec 9, 2022 at 17:58
  • I want to launch the Command line window (q:) from a Command Dec 9, 2022 at 19:33
  • I would be interested to understand what you mean by boud q to :qa. Do you mean cnoremap, do you mean cnoreabbrev do you add test about the position of q in the command line. Dec 9, 2022 at 20:31

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The sequence :Ctrl-f will do (:help cedit). Also :normal! q:.


You could bind something else to open the command-line window using a noremap:

:nnoremap Q: q:

See :help :noremap.


You can do:

:call feedkeys("q:", "n")

This works:

:norm! q:

The ! makes normal skip the custom mapping.

  • This was part of the answer I posted.
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Dec 13, 2022 at 13:20
  • Ah yes, sorry :) Dec 13, 2022 at 14:19

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