After years of torture, my trusty rusty keyboard is finally waning its power—it now seems to believe that I'm jitter-clicking whenever I press q. Before getting a new one, I would like to ask if there is a way to gracefully exit vim with :qqqqq or :wqqq (or dare I dream, :qqqqqq! and :wqqqqa). I know custom commands cannot begin with a lowercase letter, for future expansion reasons; but genuinely, I highly doubt that dear Bram would be interested in creating a new command called qqqqq so we should be in the clear. Therefore, any trickeries to bypass that? If there's no magic, I suppose I'll just turn to use ZZ.

  • See :help :cabbrev.
    – romainl
    May 21, 2023 at 7:15
  • @romainl I don’t think it is possible to pass a regex into cabbrev, something like cabbrev wq+a wqa
    – Futarimiti
    May 21, 2023 at 10:05
  • 3
    It's not. Just make as many abbreviations as needed while you are waiting for your new keyboard to be delivered.
    – romainl
    May 21, 2023 at 10:07
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    Make use of the cmdalias plugin or vimalias plugin May 23, 2023 at 14:41

1 Answer 1


I suppose I agree with @romainl you need a new keyboard.

Here is my proposition:

function! CorrectCommand()
  if getcmdtype() != ':'
    return "\<CR>"

  if matchstr(getcmdline(), '^w\=q\+!\=') == ''
    return "\<CR>"

  let l:cmdline = getcmdline()

  " Parse the cmd line
  let l:newcmdline = l:cmdline
  let l:good = v:true
  if matchstr(l:cmdline, 'qq\+!\=') != ''
    let l:newcmdline = substitute(l:cmdline, 'q\+', 'q', 'g')
    let l:good = v:false

  if l:good
    return "\<CR>"
    return "\<C-u>" . l:newcmdline

cnoremap <expr> <CR> CorrectCommand()

In case your command match :w\=q\+!\= (an optional w followed by qqq followed by an optional !) the mapping will propose a correction when you hit Enter. If you like the correction you can just hit Enter once more and the command will be executed.

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