For example, if I have the mapping nnoremap p ]p and want to put text only once with the unmapped p behaviour, is there a key I can press before p to bypass those mappings? Something like a shell command command.

I tried <c-v>p and i<c-o>p but that didn't do the trick.

Note that I'm trying to learn if there's a built-in feature that does that to various commands; I'm not looking for a solution that solves this case specifically, like nnoremap <leader>p p.

Also, there's a similar question out there, but that is not about executing the normal command from normal mode.

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You can use :normal! p, the :normal command executes its argument as a sequence of Normal-mode commands, and the ! modifier bypasses any mappings.

See :help :normal for more details.

  • This executes an ex command while in command-line mode, so it doesn't answer the question. Thanks for you time, though :)
    – anakimluke
    Feb 28, 2023 at 23:24
  • Sure, I understand that, but : gets you there from Normal mode. Why necessarily a restriction of staying in Normal mode and not going through Command-line mode to accomplish this?
    – filbranden
    Mar 1, 2023 at 1:14
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    because it feels like it's a feature vim might just have and I just don't know about it. It's also more convenient to a workflow and, if normal mode has it, maybe it is also available in visual mode(where the :normal! p trick doesn't seem to work)
    – anakimluke
    Mar 1, 2023 at 12:22
  • @anakimluke in visual mode, a mapping could use <Cmd>normal! p instead.
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Mar 1, 2023 at 14:32

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