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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 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).
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.
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…
Regular expressions (often shortened to "regex") are expressions written in a declarative language used for matching patterns within strings.
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For questions about searching for text with / or search(). For find/replace operations, use tag [substitute] instead.
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Questions on ex- or colon-commands. For questions about command-line options used to launch the editor, use the [invocation] tag.
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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.
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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.
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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".
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`autocmd`s are commands executed automatically on certain events. Questions on creating or modifying `autocmd` definitions are appropriate for this tag.
The representation of a file loaded into memory. Edits are performed on buffers.
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For questions about prefixing lines with whitespace to aid in readability.
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For questions about the several commands to complete part of a keyword or line that has been typed.
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Any operation involving regular expression based substitution of text, such as the ex-mode `:s` command. Not to be confused with the [replace] tag.
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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…
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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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A colorscheme is a Vim script which sets the colors to be used for the highlight groups.
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Visual mode is a flexible and easy way to select a piece of text for an operator.
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Moving the cursor another place in the buffer.
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The mode in Vi and Vim in which you can insert text to the open document.
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Question about the use of functions in Vimscript defined in the `.vimrc` or a script file.
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For questions specific to Vim implementations on the Microsoft Windows operating system.
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Overwriting text with the r or R commands. For search-and-replace operations, use the [substitute] tag.
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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.
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Adding highlighting to the document other than syntax highlighting (such as hlsearch or :match)
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A feature which lets visually hide (and toggle) regions of a text file, by replacing its contents with a single outline line.
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Questions about calling external (shell) commands from within Vi or Vim.
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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.
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Questions about making Vim to have a defined behavior according the type of the edited file.
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Questions about editing Tex documents, either with or without a frontend such a LaTeX.
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Questions about how to format a file with vim - this includes, but is not limited to, foldings, indents, wrappings, and so on.
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Questions about the Netrw plugin which adds directory listing to Vim, and allows you to open files over the network (ftp, http, scp, etc).
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Questions about splitting current window into multiple viewports.
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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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