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created 2008 · complexity basic · author Metacosm · version 7.0


The #vim community started this FAQ to help solve some common problems enountered by new users of Vim.

Common issuesEdit

Documentation guideEdit

Using help
Searching
Backspace behavior
  • :help 'bs' how to backspace over line-endings and more
Do something to all lines matching a pattern
Format options
End-of-line problems (^M is displayed)
Indenting
Not indenting when pasting
Display invisible characters (tabs, newlines and more)
Show matching braces

Other sourcesEdit

  • Vim FAQ this supersedes previous FAQ at sourceforge

CommentsEdit

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