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Vim reads initialization commands from a file called vimrc on startup. This can be used to set settings, define functions, execute autocommands, and more.
A scripting language embedded into Vim. It can be used to customize Vim to suit your needs and to create plugins. Also called VimL.
Doing an action when pressing a key. These are also called key mappings or mappings. For questions about default key bindings, as well as creating or redefining key bindings.
A project that seeks to refactor Vim. Use this tag for questions specifically regarding Neovim-only features (i.e. features not found in Vim and other Vi-like editors).
Syntax highlighting is the use of colours, size, typeface, or other attributes to visually indicate it has a special meaning and therefore make it easier to understand the text. For example, marking l…
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Regular expressions (often shortened to "regex") are expressions written in a declarative language used for matching patterns within strings.
Searching for text with / or search(). For find/replace operations, use tag [substitute] instead.
Questions on ex- or colon-commands. For questions about command-line options used to launch the editor, use the [invocation] tag.
386 questions
gVim is the GUI version of Vim (opposed to Vim running in a terminal emulator). It behaves exactly the same, but has additional graphical features.
The representation of a file loaded into memory. Edits are performed on buffers.
360 questions
Questions about cutting, copying, and pasting text. In Vim, "cut" is also called "delete", "copy" is also called "yank", and "paste" is also called "put".
350 questions
A terminal emulator (or terminal, for short) displays characters, colours, and the cursor on the screen. Vi & Vim are run inside of a terminal, gVim is not.
`autocmd`s are commands executed automatically on certain events. Questions on creating or modifying `autocmd` definitions are appropriate for this tag.
327 questions
For questions about prefixing lines with whitespace to aid in readability.
327 questions
For questions about the several commands to complete part of a keyword or line that has been typed.
Any operation involving regular expression based substitution of text, such as the ex-mode `:s` command. Not to be confused with the [replace] tag.
292 questions
Moving the cursor another place in the buffer.
A Vim window is a view of a buffer. A tab page comprises one or more windows. For questions about interaction with the Microsoft operating system, use [microsoft-windows]. For questions about interact…
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 !
246 questions
A colorscheme is a Vim script which sets the colors to be used for the highlight groups.
245 questions
The mode in Vi and Vim in which you can insert text to the open document.
243 questions
Visual mode is a flexible and easy way to select a piece of text for an operator.
242 questions
For questions specific to Vim implementations on the Microsoft Windows operating system.
235 questions
Commands that moves the cursor. A motion command is used after an operator command to move over the text that is to be operated upon.
223 questions
Question about the use of functions in Vimscript defined in the `.vimrc` or a script file.
223 questions
Command or mode to overwrite text. For search-and-replace operations, use the [substitute] tag.
222 questions
Adding highlighting to the document other than syntax highlighting (such as hlsearch or :match)
216 questions
Questions about calling external (shell) commands from within Vi or Vim.
205 questions
A feature which lets visually hide (and toggle) regions of a text file, by replacing its contents with a single outline line.
190 questions
For questions about Vim's plugin system. NOT for questions about a specific plugin (use the appropriate plugin-* tag) or questions that may require a plugin.
189 questions
Questions about making Vim to have a defined behavior according the type of the edited file.
178 questions
Questions about editing Tex documents, either with or without a frontend such a LaTeX.
170 questions
Questions about how to format a file with vim - this includes, but is not limited to, foldings, indents, wrappings, and so on.
167 questions
For questions about the plugin Netrw which adds directory listing to Vim, and allows you to open files over the network (ftp, http, scp, etc).
157 questions
Questions about splitting current window into multiple viewports.
153 questions
A macro is a recording of typed commands that can be executed later. Macros are stored in registers; recording a macro can be done with q, and you can run them with @.
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