Vim notes


$ moves the cursor to the last character in a line.
A moves the cursor to the end of the line and put you in insert mode.
0 moves the cursor to the start of the line.
G moves to the end of file.
gg moves to the beginning of a file.
% moves to corresponding item such as braces and brackets.


:e filepath open a file to edit.
:e reload currently open file.
/searchTerm search for a term in current file.


List files in buffer


Swap files in buffer

Ctrl + Shift + 6

Cut/copy and paste

Using visual selection

Press v to enter visual mode. Upon entered visual mode, you can move the cursor around to make a selection.

Press d (delete) to cut or y (yank) to copy. Move the cursor to the place you want to paste then press p to paste.

An entire line

Place your cursor over the line you’d like to copy/paste.

Press dd to cut the entire line; press yy to copy the entire line.

Move the cursor to the place you’d like to paste and then press p to paste after the cursor.

Undo and redo

Press u to undo changes.

Press Ctrl + R to redo changes.

Manipulating words

In normal mode with your cursor in a word you want to manipulate:

Press daw to delete the word

Press caw to delete the word and immediately enter insert mode

Replace text

Press r and then type the text you want to replace the character under the cursor r<text>

Search and replace all instances of a string

In normal mode type


and hit enter. Vim will instantly find all instances of string_to_replace and replace with with your replacement_string.

Search and replace with confirmation

In normal mode type


and hit enter. Vim will then find all instances of the string_to_replace and for each instance ask if you want to replace it with your replacement_string.

Updated: Dec 08, 2017