You can use them and download them for free. Vim is an excellent terminal based text editor. You must know basic Vim commands in order to start using it. If you want to use it more effectively, you need to master the keyboard shortcuts.
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But once you start getting the nuances of it you start discovering that Vim is full of time-saving tricks. Some of them come from different websites, twitter posts and some of them are my own. Either way, some of these might be useful to improve your workflow in The thing is that some of these commands are so useful, that can be considered tricks all by themselves. So, the first one I would like to present you is vimtutor. Vim comes with an interactive tutorial that you can use to learn the basics of the editor.
This tutorial is full of useful information, like how to move, the vim modal way, searching and so much more. The goal of these tips is for you to use them. If you want to really understand how they work, the help files are always there for you. Moving inside a file A lot of times, when inside a file we need to do things like jump to the end or the beginning of it. When dealing with large files, some of these tasks can be very tedious. Vim offers a bunch of shortcuts to move inside a file.
G will jump to the end of the file, and gg will jump to the beginning of it. All of these options will move the cursor to line H will move the cursor to the top of the current window and M to the middle of the current window. Note that all these commands apply to Normal mode. Of course, in Insert mode those are not commands, just characters being written.
There are a lot more commands for moving within a file, but with these, we should be able to perform most of our daily tasks much faster. They are just regular commands disguised as tips. What about more complicated things? Vim offers the ability to open the last edited file on the machine with the cursor on the last known position.
Vim offers the ability to run shell commands inside of it. For that, we use the! To re-run those commands we can use the interactive command history window. This will launch the explorer. We can then open, edit and save those files without having to extract them.
Hitting K in Normal mode will launch the manpage for the keyword under the cursor. It looks complicated but it works. I found out the best way to use this command is to remap it instead of trying to memorize it. In the case of grep, Vim offers its own version of it, Vimgrep. Using some bass-fu and Vim we can see the contents of a given file in a different branch without having to change into it. These are some of the tricks that I found and use myself. As you can see, with some knowledge of the inner workings of Vim it is possible to do very cool things that can save us a lot of time.
What about you? What Vim tricks for do you have to share with us? Want to learn more about Vim? Want to learn how to use it as an IDE? It has everything from basic Vim usage to file finding, auto-completion, file manager and more. Share this story.
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But once you start getting the nuances of it you start discovering that Vim is full of time-saving tricks. Some of them come from different websites, twitter posts and some of them are my own. Either way, some of these might be useful to improve your workflow in The thing is that some of these commands are so useful, that can be considered tricks all by themselves. So, the first one I would like to present you is vimtutor.
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