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basic Tip #942: Simple VIM Reference

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created:   June 3, 2005 20:31      complexity:   basic
author:   Jason      as of Vim:   5.7

A simple VIM reference (in pdf, and good for beginners) can be found at


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Anonymous, June 4, 2005 6:30
Shame it's PDF.
webmaster@simpletutorials.com, June 4, 2005 8:58
Should I post it in Word format?  What format would you like it in?
Anonymous, June 4, 2005 10:38
Anonymous, June 4, 2005 20:13
pdf, word, and java script to read a tutorial,
this is not microserf territory!
Anonymous, June 5, 2005 5:20
Plain text is best so that people can look at it in whatever environment they are in. No HTML - people don't want to have to load up a web browser, even if they have lynx, just to look at a reference.
mikemaven@Hotmail.com, June 6, 2005 3:35
Give the guy a break.  .pdf readers are free and cross-platform.  If you acutually look at the document, you'll see that it's nicely laid out.  You'd definitely loose that layout in text.    Nice work.  I just printed it out and put it next to my monitor.
Anonymous, June 6, 2005 5:55
You are satisfied because you found a pdf reader, downloaded and installed it. You also have a printer. Plain text works for EVERYONE without all that hassle.
Anonymous, June 6, 2005 6:38
at least it's not in macromedia flash :-)
Anonymous, June 6, 2005 7:12
There is :S mentioned as a command to open the Explorer in a new window. That doesn't work for me. What do I have to do to make it work?
Ivan Tishchenko, June 6, 2005 9:15
As for me, I wouldn't use that.  When I was a beginner, I knew only how to delete row and char and how to start insert-mode.  That was quite enough for me to begin.  Some time later I discovered new keys, and after yet another period of time I understood that :help is exactly what I need.

But nevertheless, I anyone wants to use that paper, he is free to do that.  I only want to add, that [[ and ]] are not "go ot end of file" and "go to beginning of file".  They go to end and beginning of _section_.  You may check it by :help [[.  Go-to-EOF is G (shift-g), go-to-begin-of-file is gg (g typed twice).

Try :help motion.  Spend some time, and you'll learn a lot new things.  It happens to me each time I do that.
webmaster@simpletutorials.com, June 6, 2005 9:26
I'll work on a plain-text version of the tutorial (to supplement the pdf version) and try and get that up soon
webmaster@simpletutorials.com, June 6, 2005 9:26
Thanks for all of your feedback!
aaronmgriffin@gmail.com, June 6, 2005 10:43
nicely done, printed the desktop reference 8)
Anonymous, June 6, 2005 17:12
Concerning the :S command -- the full command is :Sexplore  , and will split the window and open up the file explorer.  (which can be brought up with :explore)

More info is found at --

Anonymous, June 7, 2005 7:08
Thanks, I'm learning Vim and this is just what I needed!
vrenolds@yahoo.com, June 12, 2005 18:09
Me too, Thanks
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