Questions tagged [insert-mode]

The mode in Vi and Vim in which you can insert text to the open document.

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how to have two different colour schemes for command mode and edit mode in vim?

I have been using vim for some time now but I am always unsure of which mode I am currently in and hence end up pressing Esc too often even in the command mode. This causes an irritating computer ...
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How to put cursor in the right position after switching from normal mode to insert mode in terminal

After launching a terminal inside vim via :terminal, vim doesn't put curosr in the right position after pressing i in normal mode. As seen in the following picture, the cursor is put at the end of the ...
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prevent printing control-character in insert mode and command line

When in insert mode, if no mapping is associated to a sequence, Vim will print the character corresponding to the signal. For example, typing <c-b> will input ^b as a character. It is more ...
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Insert the word which is above the cursor?

I know that in insert mode CTRL-Y can insert the character above the cursor. Is there a way of inserting the word above the cursor in insert mode ?
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How can I delete forward in “Insert” mode?

I often use the Ctrl-w command in "Insert" mode to delete the word behind the cursor, just like I would do in Bash. In Bash, I also have a Meta-d (Esc-d) command for deleting the word in front of the ...
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How can I insert a character repeatedly until even with next line?

Say I have a comment like this: //This is a comment And I want to make it like this: //***************** //This is a comment //***************** Is there an easy way to insert a character ...
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Other ways to exit Insert mode besides Escape

The primary reason I like vim over emacs is that my hand movement distance away from the home row is very low (even as a programmer). However, the one main time that I do this is leaving insert mode, ...
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blockwise visual mode multi line prepend doesn't work for me [duplicate]

I'm using nVim v0.4.3 and I'm having trouble getting multiline inserts to work in visual blockwise mode. You can check this asciinema to see what I'm doing. https://asciinema.org/a/...
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Simulate backspace in normal mode

I would like to have the delete key work similarly in normal mode as it does in insert mode, and it's been a bit tricky to map this. Here is what I have so far: :nnoremap <Backspace> i<BS>...
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How to loop backwards through getline

I want to code a vim function, which searches backwards a specific char from the cursor at the current line. Here is what I've done: function! CustomSearch() let currentLine = getline(".") "...
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How to delete a pair of parenthesis with backspace

I'm using vim to code C++ and I want to handle the parenthesis more easily. I knew that there was a plugin named Surround, which can help us but it is not what I expected. I set some shortcuts as ...
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Cursor difference with “Esc” and “Ctrl + O”

Say I have a session like this: Sunday|Monday Where | is the cursor in insert mode. If I press Esc, I get this: Sunda█Monday but I want this: Sunday█onday As I want to select the second "word", ...
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Setting to prevent <c-h> to erase text

I have a map which allows me to navigate with hjkl in insert mode: " In insert or command mode, move normally by using Ctrl inoremap <C-h> <Left> inoremap <C-j> <Down> ...
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Why doesn't inoremap work in this case

I'm coding c++ with vim and I want to set a shortcut while typing parenthesis and new line. Here is an example, if (a == 1) {}| // the cursor is at the end of the line and the vim is under INSERT ...
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Problem when inserting text from a function in a for loop

I have a function that animates the insertion of the contents of the last modified register at the cursor's location as if someone was typing it: function! AnimateInsertion() abort " split ...
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Map hex character

If I want the output 𐐀g, I can create a map like this: imap <F2> <C-V>U10400g However for output 𐐀f, it causes a problem: imap <F2> <C-V>U10400f as the f is confused as ...
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What are the Control-key combinations/chords?

Because of Vim's modes, there is not a lot of holding down the Ctrl key while pressing another key. However ,in insert (or replace) mode, Ctrl+R will let you paste a register, and Ctrl+V lets you ...
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Automatic insert mode and normal mode switching

Coming from emacs, jumping to the end of the line is easy: CTRL + E I have been recently trying out Vim, and I found out you need to first exit insert mode to then use commands. So, in Vim, I need ...
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Why do arrow keys behave differently in insert mode than in other modes?

Background I would like to disable arrow keys in all modes. This is what I tried: "EDIT: added remap for <esc> as per the comments inoremap <esc> <nop> inoremap <up> <nop&...
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Pasting text on Vim inside tmux breaks indentation

Ubuntu: 18.04 bionic tmux: version 2.6 VIM: Vi IMproved 8.0 (2016 Sep 12, compiled Jun 06 2019 ) Included patches: 1-1453 Modified by pkg-vim-maintainers@lists.alioth.debian.org Compiled by pkg-vim-...
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Normal mode Backspace and Delete

If I have a file like this in Insert Mode (pipe is cursor): Sunday | Monday I can press Backspace or Delete to remove the empty line. However in Normal Mode, neither of those work. I have been ...
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How to light the Caps Lock LED when in insert mode (on GNU/Linux)?

On Xubuntu LTS, I already managed to remap CapsLock to Esc. However, now I discovered some Vim users are lighting the Scroll Lock LED, Caps Lock LED or even the entire keyboard to indicate that (g)...
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How to enter insert mode when entering neovim terminal pane?

I have the following mappings to make it easy to move out of a terminal pane in neovim: tnoremap <C-h> <C-\><C-n><C-w>h " Workaround since <C-h> isn't working in neovim ...
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Deleting groups of autoindents in Insert mode

In my .vimrc I have set backspace=eol,start, which allows me to backspace over line breaks and the start of what I wrote since I entered Insert mode. This does not allow me to backspace over ...
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How to indent the cursor to the indentation of the above line in insert mode?

I previously asked the following question on how to indent the cursor to the identation of the above line: How to ident the cursor to the indentation of the above line? A correct answer was provided ...
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How to ident the cursor to the indentation of the above line?

I want to move the cursor to the indentation of the line above. As seen from the example below, when I move the cursor down (j or arrow-down), it goes to the start of the line. This is both true for ...
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Ins-completion C-X C-F and the path variable [duplicate]

Can the insert-completion of file names CTRL+XCTRL+F can be used to complete filenames that are not in the current working directory ? But rather in any in the path variable ? Can we, for example, ...
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Change <up>/<down> to gk/gj in insert mode

I want to replace the default behavior of the arrows in insert mode, so that they behave like gk and gj, I have used: inoremap <up> <Esc>gka inoremap <down> <Esc>gja But this ...
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How to prevent Vim from making a flashy screen effect when pressing `ESC` or `^[` in normal mode?

I often press ESC/^[ to ensure that I've left insert mode and entered normal mode. However, if I'm already in normal mode, Vim displays an annoying flashy screen effect: How can I prevent Vim from ...
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Is there a way to insert a single character and then exit insert mode?

When I'm going through text and, for instance, adding backticks around certain words or quotes or whatever, it is irritating that I have to press Esc or Ctrl-[ after each insert. The inserts (and ...
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Saving file from INSERT mode

I would like to save files without exiting the INSERT mode. Is it possible? How?
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How to disable folding while typing?

I'm programming mostly in Python/Cython and use foldmethod=syntax (and foldclose=). Overall, this works fairly well, i.e. functions/classes/methods are folded reliably mostly. However, I have one ...
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NeoVim - Go into insert mode when clicking in a terminal in a pane?

I'm trying to use NeoVim as a tmux replacement, and have found that no matter what I do, I can't get it to go into insert mode when I click in a pane that has a terminal in it. Here's the config I'm ...
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Mapping control-H in insert mode doesn't work; it always works like backspace

I tried mapping control-H, J, K, and L respectively in insert mode to move around splits. inoremap <C-h> <ESC><C-W><C-h>i inoremap <C-l> <ESC><C-W><C-l&...
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vimtex imap not working

I'm having a problem with using imaps with vimtex (i.e they don't work). To test the issue I went to .vim/plugged/vimtex/test/examples/minimal and started vim -u minivimrc. Typing `a (which is a ...
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Ctrl-W in insert mode erases only up to where insert was started

I frequently use <C-w> in insert mode to back up when I mistype things. I've noticed some odd behavior if I start insert mode when in the middle of a word. For example, if I have the following ...
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How do I prevent the delay when mapping jj to <ESC> in insert mode?

I've recently mapped jj to <ESC> in insert mode for quick escaping. While everything is functional, I find the brief delay after typing j while it waits for a second input very distracting. Is ...
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Call a function after inserting a newline

In insert mode, I want to call some function if <Enter> was typed. I tried InsertCharPre but it did not work.
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How to remap Autocomplete on Control+N, to Control+Space?

I am trying to remap this functionality: to Ctrl+Space, by using this line in .vimrc inoremap <C-Space> <C-n> However, I can not seem to get it to work. If I press Ctrl+Space after ...
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detecting insert-normal mode

I notice that when in insert, pressing <C-o> will take me to normal mode, but once I finish pressing a sequence of keys, I get taken back to insert mode. I find this very useful, but I want a ...
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Escape newlines when breaking text

I'm using Vim to typeset some Latex documents, and resizing it to take up half my screen so I can reference other materials on the other half. Therefore, formatoptions+=t would be very helpful here. ...
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Is it possible to supply arguments to inoremap?

Currently, I have the following map for cpp files: inoremap ;;f for<Space>()<Space>{<Enter>}<Esc>kkf)i Which essentially allows me to quickly setup a c-style for loop. ...
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How to stop “tab” key indenting whole line

In one version of VIM that I run, when I hit the "tab" key in insert mode, it indents the whole line, regardless of the cursors position in the line. Here is what I believe to be the only modified ...
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Navigation in insert mode

I finally decided to ditch the arrow keys for navigation in favor of hjkl. I used the Vim hardmode plugin to disable the arrow keys. I got used to navigation pretty fast, but turns out that ...
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How can I stop Vim from inserting keypresses into the document unless the document is visible?

I have a macro that's essentially equivalent to the following: in insert mode, I press the following keys: Ctrl+O, :, !, t, r, u, e, Enter. This runs the command true in a shell and shows "Press ENTER ...
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Is there a way to enter command line mode for a single command directly from insert mode?

I'd like to go directly into command line mode from insert mode, enter a single command (say :r !date which inserts the date) and then go immediately back into insert mode. Basically something ...
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How to auto-replace words, such as acronyms, while typing?

When typing a report, we have a large list of acronyms defined in Acronyms.tex. In order to use it, we have to encapsulate an acronym such as KDF with the acronym command: \ac{KDF}. I often forget and ...
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Mapping using <Esc> writes “<Esc>” in insert mode rather than switching to normal mode

I have the following line in my .vimrc: inoremap kj <Esc> It had been working fine, ie it returned me to normal mode. But now it inserts the string "< Esc>" (I use the initial space here ...
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Set the paste option, but for one insertion only

I want to have a quick way of setting the Vim 'paste' option, inserting some text, and reverting to the previous value of 'paste'. A typical use case insert the OS clipboard content literally, ...
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Temporary normal mode doesn't wait for the command

When I press C-o in insert mode, the expected behaviour is that vim will wait for me to execute a single command and then returns to insert mode. Usually, after pressing C-o I have all the time in the ...

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