I have two mappings like this:

nnoremap <s-c> zz
inoremap <s-c> <esc>zza

As you can see, I just want to use <s-c> to redraw the current line to the middle of the windows in both normal and insert mode. But, surprisingly, after that mapping, I cannot enter the uppercase C in insert mode any more. Why?

Is it because that the uppercase C by default mapped (recursively) to the <s-c>? (I guess this because in many keyboard pressing <s-c>has the same effect as pressing a uppercase C, that is, you get a C in your buffer.)

If so, how can I unmap it?

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    Because mapping <s-c> in insert mode means Shift-c or an uppercase letter c. Thus, you cannot type an uppercase letter c in insert mode. Aug 1, 2015 at 1:26

1 Answer 1


By mapping a character in insert mode (or any mode) you overwrite the default behaviour. In your case, mapping nnoremap <s-c> <esc>zza overwrites the default behaviour of inserting a capital C.

The *noremap commands (e.g. nnoremap,inoremap,etc) do not use recursive mapping, i.e. all keys in the mapping act as though they have the default behaviour. If you would like to insert a capital C as well as using the previously mentioned mapping simply by adding it to the mapping. nnoremap <s-c> C<esc>zza should work.

Finally, no, you can't unmap the default behaviour for keys, only override it with other actions (including doing nothing, with <nop>).

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