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Command mode is the initial mode. Vim calls this Normal mode. Not to be confused with command-line-mode, which is what you get after you press :, /, ?, or !

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Vim command 0 goes to second column instead of first one

When I press 0 in Normal mode, the cursor goes to the second column and not the first one. This is not the normal behavior stated in vim's :help 0. I have tried disabling the remaps to move between ...
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Replay a vim macro until specified line number

Suppose caret is on the line 10 and I've recorded macros @d. I need to replay macros until line 25. If I know that macros move caret one line per execution, I can calculate that it should be executed ...
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Operator Modifier

I have been using vim mode for atom for quite a while, recently I've been trying to switch to nvim, but I can't seem to find a way to replicate the operator modifiers behaviour, which I've come to ...
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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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Delete n lines skip 1 line script

I want to create a basic Vim script that simply deletes n lines, skips 1 line and repeats until the end of the document. I don't care about specific matches, I just want to delete the line. For ...
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Using <space> as prefix key in normal mode, cursor will advance one character itself

I put key mapping like this nnoremap <space>d "_d in my .vimrc, so I can delete text more comfortable. But when I in visual mode or visual block mode, the cursor will advance one more column, ...
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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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How to enter normal mode while in terminal buffer?

Recently I found out that vim has added the :terminal command which opens a terminal buffer within vim, however I see no way to enter normal mode so that I can move around and copy things. Neovim has ...
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Backspace functionality in normal mode

I'm trying to allow using backspace in normal mode. My best attempt is adding the following to my vimrc: nnoremap <BS> i<BS><ESC>l. This works great except for two situations: I'm ...
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Return cursor to an initial position after pasting text from a function

in my plugin, i am joining XML tags together depending on a mapping a use. It also uses so i can make XML snippets repetitive. After inserting the text into a buffer, i would like the cursor to ...
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Repeat last normal command

Well, there is ; to repeat the last move in some cases. There is the . to repeat last change. But if I just did za or @a, is there a way to repeat it? I guess such a mechanism should ignore plain ...
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Different behavior when selecting quote blocks vs. selecting parentheses blocks [duplicate]

When I have a line of code such as: result = function(myVar); then I can delete the text "myVar" with the command di( only if my cursor is already positioned inside the parentheses. However, when I'...
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Visual block mode insert/append not working in vim on RHEL/CentOS?

I was trying to append some text to multiple lines in vi on a RHEL 6 system, however I could not get it to work. I press Control + V to get into visual block mode, select the lines I need, but when I ...
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Don’t start in insert mode when opening a shell script

How can I prevent vi from starting in insert mode when opening a "test.sh"-like file with the vi-plugin "bash-support" v4.3 ? When I vim test.sh it opens in insert mode When I vim .vimrc it opens in ...
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How to remap repeating commands i.e. <number><command>?

By default, vim lets you type 5G (5 then shift + g) to go to line 5. Instead, I don't want to have to press the shift key. Pressing <S-g> does something different than just 5<S-g>. How can ...
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How to replace a word with spaces

Suppose I have the following text: This is a test of the emergency broadcast system What I want to do is delete the word "test" and replace it with four spaces: This is a of the emergency ...
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Running previous run command that was run in normal mode using colon

Recently I had to compile a latex file a few times, :!pdflatex filename.tex did the trick. But is there a way in normal mode to repeat commands like these which are in the recent history,but used ...
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<Alt> to enter normal mode on Windows

I'm new to vim, and I find using <Esc> to enter normal mode to be slow. I'm on Windows. I seldom use the <Alt> keys (left and right) when I'm editing text. It should be convenient to use &...
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how to add a word two lines above certain word in multiples places

my text look like this in several places of the file: FDE PW91k XCNADD PBE ::FULLGRID END END eor and I want to introduce a word two lines above "eor" word throughout. I have tried :,.-2/eor/...
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':norm dtxdty' works different than '0dtxdty', what's happening?

On line ay, 0dtxdty deletes the a (as I would expect), but :norm dtxdty does nothing, norm! and exec don't change it. I wanted to use it as part of a command to align as explained here, but to two ...
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May I have a Vim session report its “Mode” in its “Window Title”?

Clarification of the moving parts First, let me clarify what I mean by "Window Title", and what I expect to achieve On Windows OS, GUI programs will have three attributes: its Window Title texts, ...
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What is the meaning of 'g'?

Note: this question has two sort of answers on StackOverflow but I thought perhaps a better answer would come from here, and, if not, at least it will be documented where it should be: What are the ...
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How to get the same message and error behavior as normal `n` when calling `normal n` in function

I wrote a vimscript function that prevents the cursor from changing its location on the screen when I press n: function! my_n() let l:start=line("w0") let end = line("w$") let cursor = ...
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How to show “/foobar match 1 of ” or “E486: Pattern not found: foobar” in commandline when calling `normal! n` in function [duplicate]

I'm calling normal! n in a vimscript function. If there is a match, I don't get the message /foobar match 1 of 3 in the commandline. If there is no match, my commandline shortly flickers up and down ...
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Multiline search like with f and F [duplicate]

I'm using vim for C programming and I have a question about jumping to the next/previous character. I can use f or F to jump to the next or previous character correspondingly. But this does not work ...
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Simplest way to delete a “composite” word?

Apologies if "composite" is not the technical term. I mean the following: Hi, I-am-a-composite-word and we are not I would like to delete only the composite word. In command mode, if I move the ...
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Remap Enter in command history edit window only

I currently have <Enter> mapped to :nohlsearch in normal mode. This allows me to leave search highlighting on for all new searches, but easily turn it off when it (soon after usually) becomes a ...
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How to delete entire function definition (C style)

How can I delete the block int Test() { // } when my cursor is before int (or even better when it is anywhere on that line)? The shortest I could come up with is d<line>G where <line> ...
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How to make this work in insert/edit mode too?

I want to switch between tabs, but this works only in command mode. Is it possible to make this work in edit (insert?) mode too? noremap <C-k> :tabprevious<CR> noremap <C-l> :...
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Make Control-A and Control-X work better for host names and the like

I often am editing a file (e.g., a zone file) where I have things like: Whatever-AP-1 and want to quickly change it to Whatever-AP-2. It feels right to hit Control-A (increment), but of course Control-...
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What is the difference between ^ and _ for cursor movement

They both seem to move the cursor to the first non-blank character of the current line and I wonder what was the reason for duplicating this functionality
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How to use normal mode commands in ex mode?

When I start vi/vim as ex, I can use the -c option to provide the set of ex commands to apply to a file: echo Yes | ex -sc 's/Y/y/|%p|q!' /dev/stdin yes But how can I use normal mode commands like ...
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Change text between two $ symbols

If there is some text between quotations, such as "x = 5" I can type ci" in normal mode to delete the text inside the quotations and switch to insert mode. I often want to perform this same action ...
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How to move a line onto the end of some other line

For example suppose i have 1 the cat jumps 2 over the moon I would like the result 1 the cat jumps over the moon In general how can I move line X onto the end of line Y. A solution that would ...
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How can I pass extra flags to FZF/ripgrep commands with the leader key?

Current functionality When I use <C-P> and <C-Å> I can respectively search file names and contents. Everything works great. Target functionality When prepending either with <leader&...
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Append line break to current line (opposite of `J`)

Is it possible to append a line break to the current line in normal-mode? Basically the opposite of what J does.
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How to change highlighted text?

I write using LaTeX a lot for scientific writing. I often need to modify some text that includes numbers and units like: 4.2 cm into: \SI{4.2}{cm} to be properly typeset by LaTeX. Of course, the ...
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Parsing a valid normal-mode command (possibly with regex)? (for Vim-like Word add-in)

I am writing a VBA routine so I can use normal-mode commands in Microsoft Word. (Yes, I am! Edit And here you go!) I am only going to support the d, c, and y operators initially, and only char/word/...
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vimscript: how to get selected text in a register in normal mode? [duplicate]

I am trying to get the mouse selected text in a register in normal mode. If the selection is a substring, only the selection should be copied, not the complete word. Currently the script has: normal!...
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Delete with search motion in normal command

I am attempting to delete from start of line until string foo. In normal mode, 0d/foo accomplishes this. Now, I would like to do this for every line in my buffer. Reading documentation and SO it ...
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Why are two <cr> characters required when executing this highlighting toggle command?

I use this keymapping toggle to highlighting on and off, but when I originally found it, the author did not list two <cr> at the end of the command. I found that if I didn't have two <cr> ...
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What is the difference between normal mode and command mode in vim?

I know that normal mode and command mode is same thing but tells different. I found this in http://vim.wikia.com/wiki/Mapping_keys_in_Vim_-Tutorial(Part_1)
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Reverse a set of paragraphs

Is there a good way to reverse a set of paragraphs (navigable via cursor motion { and })? My practical use case is reversing the order of blocks of latex code (ie, reversing the order of jobs in a ...
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Use Python to change to normal mode

I'm writing a function that uses Vim's Python API. The function runs while I'm in insert mode and I want this function to set my mode to normal mode. I tried a few things, like for example, this ...
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Unexpected behavior from cb command

One of the most basic editing commands is c<motion> to change text, e.g. cw - change word, c$ - change to end of line, cc - change entire line, c3l - change 3 characters to the right. My ...
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Is there a way to print the current sequence of command keys in normal mode? [duplicate]

Sometimes I get lost in normal mode. Is there a way to have vim/vi print the last keys pressed, perhaps at the top/bottom of the screen. For example, in normal mode I may enter the command 22gg to go ...
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indenting with ':g' command not working from the command line

When I need to work with some scrambled javascript/json code, one of my first steps is to introduce proper line breaks, followed by proper brace based indentation. For the later, I found the following ...
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How can I delete whole word in command insert mode?

Following my pressing ':' I can switch to command insert mode and pressing 'Up Arrow' I can bring up my previous command. How can I delete a word left of my cursor during command insert mode? Say for ...
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What is Lang-Arg in vim?

I was seeing the docs in :help map-mode where I saw that map! works for Insert and Command-line modes while lmap works on Insert, Command-line, Lang-Arg But I've never heard of Lang-Arg mode. Can you ...
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Move cursor to new line character

When in visual mode you can select the new line character. E.g.: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.⏎ In visual mode you can select both the period and the (invisible) carriage return, or ...