vim running in Konsole in KDE on Fedora


Keybindings to move around and edit the buffer in normal mode.

Using the home row1 to navigate the buffer.

  • h: ← left
  • j: ↓ down
  • k: ↑ up
  • l: → right


  • u: undo
  • C-r: restore

Change paragraphs and words:

  • gwl: reflow/justify current line
  • gwip: reflow current paragraph
  • gwG: reflow from cursor position to end of file
  • gu: lowercase
  • gU: uppercase
  • g~: swap case

Change to normal mode:

  • <esc>: activate normal mode

Jumping around

Moving relative to the visible buffer:

  • H: go to top of the buffer/first visible line
  • L: go to the bottom of the buffer/last visible line
  • M: got to the middle of the (visible) buffer

Moving relative to the file/all lines in the current buffer:

  • gg: go to the first line of the buffer
  • G: go to last line of the buffer

Go to lines:

  • 5gg: go to line 5 (Ng goes to line N)
  • 5G: same as 5gg

Moving through the current line:

  • w: next word


Switching from normal mode to insert mode:

  • i: insert at current position
  • a: inert after cursor
  • I: move to start of current line and insert
  • A: move end of current line and insert
  • o: insert on new line below cursor
  • O: insert on new line above cursor
  • ea: insert at end of word

Staying in normal mode:

  • .: repeat last insert

Copy, cut and paste

Copying is called yanking, cutting is called deleting and pasting is called putting.


  • v: mark/select text
  • V: mark/select lines


  • y: yank/copy current selection
  • y$: yank to end of line
  • yy: yank current line
  • 2yy: yank 2 lines (Nyy yanks N lines).
  • yw: yank the rest of the current word
  • yaw: yank current word and following space
  • yiw: yank current word


Same patterns as yanking, but starts with d instead.

  • d: delete/cut current selection
  • d$/D: delete to end of line
  • dd: delete current line
  • 2dd: delete 2 lines (Ndd deletes N lines).
  • dw: delete rest of current word
  • diw: delete current word
  • daw: delete current word and the following space


  • p: put/paste after the cursor
  • P: put/paste before the cursor
  • gp: put after cursor and leave cursor after text
  • gP: put before cursor and leave cursor after text

Search and replace

  • :%s/<old>/<new>/g: replace <old> with <new> (same as sed)
  • /<pattern>: search for <pattern>
  • ?<pattern>: search backwards for <pattern>
  • n: next match in same direction
  • N: next match in opposite direction
  • ci $DELIMITER: removes the text between the matching $DELIMITER and enters insert mode.
  • :noh: remove highlighting of search matches


Open and save files, and move around open buffers in normal mode.

  • :e: edit/open file

Saving and closing

  • :q: quit (errors if there are unsaved edits)
  • :q!: force quit/close
  • :qa: close all buffers
  • :qa!: force close all buffers
  • :w: write/save buffer
  • :wq: save and quit
  • :wqa: save all buffers and quit
  • :wqa!: save all buffers and force quit

Split windows

  • :split/:sp and C-W s: split horizontally
  • :vsplit/:vs and C-W v: split vertically
  • :sun/:sunhide: split to open one window for each open buffer
  • :sun N: same as :sun but to a maximum of N buffers
  • :Lexplore [$path]: split vertically and list current dir or $path in the split
  • :Lexplore! [$path]: toggle directory listing in split
  • :25Lexplore: split vertically, setting width of split to 25 chars (:${N}Lexplore sets width to $N).
  • :[N]Hexplore [$path]: split horizontally
  • :Explore [$path]/:e $path: Explore current dir or $path in new window

Manage and navigate

  • :ls: show open buffers/files
  • :b 1: switch to buffer 1 (:b N goes to buffer N)
  • :bn: switch to next buffer
  • :bp: switch to previous buffer
  • :b#: switch to most recently used buffer


  • .: repeat last command