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

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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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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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How to backward-kill-word in Vim insert mode like zsh?

I'm re-learning Vim. My question is that I want to option + ⌫ to backward-delete a word in INSERT MODE. I've spent some days to achieve this (and succeeded) to my zsh shell through bindkey in .zshrc ...
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How to move the cursor to the correct indentation level without quiting insert mode?

For example I have this JavaScript code. The | character represents the cursor position and it is on an empty line. function a() { console.log("a"); function b() { console....
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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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How to make a shortcut to activate and deactivate multiple maps?

I know there are questions/answers to execute commands with a single shortcut, but in my case I can't think how to do multiple maps with a single shortcut in Insert Mode. In other words, what I want: ...
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Shift+AnyLetter and Forward Slash Not Working on wsltty [duplicate]

I'm noticing errant behaviour with some standard key sequences with Vim 8.1 on wsltty. The correct behaviour is displayed when inside wsltty's standard terminal, so until proven otherwise I'm assuming ...
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Conflict between system compose key and insert mode meta key mappings

I use the right alt key as a compose key on my system, to easily draw diacritics and accent characters. In Vim, I unlock alt key mappings with this (from stackoverflow): " Allow <alt> key ...
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Automate breaking of history in insert mode

I started to learn ViM one month ago, so I'm not a ViM expert. My question is: if I make some changes in insert mode (let's say I type some text, then I delete the last two words and finally type ...
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Elvis 2.2.0 : Input vs Insert mode

We can start elvis in input mode using -i option. Also we can start input mode with various commands that specified in help :help. But users call insert mode too which can also determined from h ...
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When would I use append and when would I use insert?

I already know that a and i makes the cursor one space to the right and left respectively, but when would I use i to edit a file? Is there some special circumstance that makes insertion mode more ...
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Enter insert mode after search?

So you're in Normal mode, then you press f followed by a character, then vim takes you to the next occurrence of that character. When you land on that character you are in Normal mode. My question is ...
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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 it turns out that ...
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How to prevent cursor shift when using <C-O>{delete cmd} at the end of a line?

<C-w> deletes a (small-)word in insert mode, but I often want to delete the Word (to last whitespace) I've most recently typed. I tried inoremap <C-_> <C-o>dB which kind-of works -- ...
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Keep open fold open on `o`

I have a file with foldmethod=indent. I have the folds automatically open when I enter them, and close when I leave them. When I sit in Normal mode on the bottom line of a fold and press o, the fold ...
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How can I delete whitespace backwards until end of previous word?

I want to delete whitespace backwards until end of previous word. Say, I have the cursor on the character "d" in the word "dog": horse cat dog If I press Ctrl-W (Insert ...
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Shouldn't `softtabstop` be set, when using option 2 in `:h tabstop` to configure Vim to use spaces for `<Tab>`s?

I want to configure Vim to use spaces for <Tab>s everywhere. Therefore, I've had a look at :h tabstop to figure out how to perform the configuration. Looking at the help text, option 2. seems ...
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How do I keep accidentally creating a no break space before opening curly brace?

From time to time, let's say once a month, when I program, I introduce a No-Break space instead of a regular space, before opening a curly brace. This happens let's say when I'm writing () { This ...
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Typing colon character in Insert mode undoing changes?

I am really curious as to why this is happening. I have this line in my .vimrc file (I am using WSL2 on windows and this line helps support copying from vim to the system clipboard): set clipboard=...
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I keep forgetting which mode I'm in

My main problem is that I don't realize which mode I am in each time I use vim. Sometimes I forget to <ESC> into normal mode, hence pressing vim commands in insert mode. I have to waste time ...
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Paste clipboard data in Insert mode

I have learnt to paste clipboard data (something i copied from web browser using ctrl+c) to my current buffer in insert mode. It is much easier than doing that in Normal mode. To paste clipboard data ...
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How to paste text from other applications into Vim without incrementally indenting each pasted line? [duplicate]

I want to copy text from other applications into Vim, e.g. from Visual Studio Code, but the result is awful. In particular, each pasted line is being indented incrementally: Furthermore, visually ...
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line-completion based on non-initial substring

Is there a way to perform a completion similar to <c-x><c-l>, but completes lines based on an arbitrary substring rather than a leading prefix of the line? I'm especially interested in a ...
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How can I use `ci'` to change the N'th occurrence of single-quoted text in a line?

I find the ci' (and similar commands) very useful, since I can execute it at the start of the line, and it will automatically change the first occurrence of text between single quotes ('...'). However,...
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How can I make `<Shift>+<LeftArrow>` and `<Shift>+<RightArrow>` key bindings work using MacVim?

How can I make <Shift>+<LeftArrow> and <Shift>+<RightArrow> key bindings work using MacVim? I often use these (default) key bindings in Insert mode to move the cursor one word ...
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How to prevent `autocmd` for stripping trailing whitespace for moving the cursor? [duplicate]

I've the following autocmd for stripping trailing whitespace in a buffer, every time the buffer is written to a file: " trim whitespace autocmd BufWritePre * %s/\s\+$//e However, the autocmd has ...
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Why does disabling arrow keys in Insert mode (e.g. `inoremap <left> <nop>`) result in e.g. `0D` being written? [duplicate]

I want to disable the arrow keys in Insert mode, since I want to force myself to always go into Normal mode for performing movements. To achive this, I've made the following mappings for Insert mode, ...
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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 do vim users type/edit while switching between modes?

I'm not talking about learning or introducing commands, but how to work by switching between modes, and using normal known commands. Do most vim users stay more in normal mode instead of in insert ...
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Navigation in insert mode with soft wrap and showbreak

I’m having trouble with hjkl movement in insert mode. The issue is that I have changed hjkl movement to move by display line. I have 'wrap' on. The cursor should normally move line by line, not move ...
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How can I insert text at the end of a group of lines?

Let's say I had a block of text... Lorem ipsum Lorem ipsum dolor Lorem ipsum dolor sit Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet ...and I wanted to insert a . at the end of each line. What would the best approach ...
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Backspace does nothing

I am on a Unixware 7.1 box and can't seem to get VI to backspace properly. The current behavior is when you insert new characters and backspace over them, it will just shift the cursor to the left. ...
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Automatically load Vi into insert mode

I use Vi as my preferred (and, in fact, only) text editor on Linux Systems. I know how to change modes from normal to insert, and vice-versa. Is it possible to have Vi automatically load into Insert ...
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Why doesn't the backspace key work in insert mode?

Trying to delete characters in insert mode with the backspace key sometimes doesn't seem to work. I can backspace sometimes, but at other times it does nothing; the cursor doesn't go to the left, and ...
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Can I create my own mode in vim?

We have few modes in vim. The most common used are: Normal (=Command), Insert, Command-line, but also some sub-modes, like: Replace,Visual-line (V) or Visual-block (Ctrl+v). Does vim support creation ...
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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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Change cursor shape in Vim PowerShell

I have looked through the web but I have found no answer to this. https://vim.fandom.com/wiki/Change_cursor_shape_in_different_modes The above website mentions ways to do it in terminals but not when ...
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How do you change the last n characters for a range of lines?

Generally you can select a visual block for the first n characters of a range of lines, and just press c, insert characters, and press Esc to have it apply to all. However, this method is rarely ...
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How can I add text to the end of words on each line?

I have a series of single-word codes on separate lines in a text file. I'd like to add a backquote ( ` ) to the beginning and end of each word. I know I can add a backquote to the beginning of each ...
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How to add space on multiple lines when pressing spacebar (without extra configuration)?

I tried visual block, but visual block only allow to highlight or delete characters on multiple lines. Is there any function that allows to add space before the first character of multiple lines when ...
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How to delete strings to close quote and close parenthese

I have a code like this: h5 style=("text-align: center; margin-top: 2rem;") some text p style=("text-align: center; margin-top: 2rem;") some text And in first line, I want to ...
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Typing d in insert mode briefly moves cursor backwards

In Vim, when I'm in Insert mode and hit d, the cursor moves back one spot for a second, then jumps back to behind the letter just typed. This is quite distracting when typing texts. It looks like Vim ...
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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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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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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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