I read that . is used for repeating the last command in Normal Mode. So if I used the command 2w move forward two words and then press . then I would expect to move two words more however this does not happen.

Could anyone please tell me why ?

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    Where did you read that . repeats the last command? Not in :help ., that's for sure.
    – romainl
    Mar 19, 2016 at 10:24

2 Answers 2


As stated in :h . the dot command only repeat changes, but commands like w are motions not changes.

You can repeat motions like f, F, t and T with the commands ; and g; (see :h ;). And for more complex repeat you could have a look to the easymotion plugin readme: combined with vim-repeat you might be able to repeat the movements the way you want to do it.


Vim answers this in the help about the dot command:

.           Repeat last change, with count replaced with [count].
            Also repeat a yank command, when the 'y' flag is
            included in 'cpoptions'.  Does not repeat a
            command-line command.

So . simply repeats the last change, not motions, or command-line commands.

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    I wonder if there is a way to "repeat the last motion command", though?
    – Wildcard
    Mar 19, 2016 at 8:40
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    @Wildcard: for f, F, t and T motion you can use ; (:h ;)
    – statox
    Mar 19, 2016 at 11:05

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