March 30, 2023

Start using vim


  1. complete the VIM Tutor
  2. read (2000) written by vim’s creator Bram Moolenaar to get an idea of how to think about using vim.
  3. start using vim and learn on the go by running :h (help) when needed. For example, if you want to find out how to substitute some text run :h substitute to display the vim help file.

I’d suggest using no plugins at first.

To run the VIM Tutor open a terminal and run:

$ vimtutor

You should see this:


=    W e l c o m e   t o   t h e   V I M   T u t o r    -    Version 1.7      =

     Vim is a very powerful editor that has many commands, too many to
     explain in a tutor such as this.  This tutor is designed to describe
     enough of the commands that you will be able to easily use Vim as
     an all-purpose editor.

     The approximate time required to complete the tutor is 25-30 minutes,
     depending upon how much time is spent with experimentation.

     The commands in the lessons will modify the text.  Make a copy of this
     file to practice on (if you started "vimtutor" this is already a copy).

     It is important to remember that this tutor is set up to teach by
     use.  That means that you need to execute the commands to learn them
     properly.  If you only read the text, you will forget the commands!

     Now, make sure that your Caps-Lock key is NOT depressed and press
     the   j   key enough times to move the cursor so that lesson 1.1
     completely fills the screen.
                        Lesson 1.1:  MOVING THE CURSOR

   ** To move the cursor, press the h,j,k,l keys as indicated. **
             k              Hint:  The h key is at the left and moves left.
       < h       l >               The l key is at the right and moves right.
             j                     The j key looks like a down arrow.

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