Moving Around With vim (keyboard short cuts)

by on May 21, 2008 · 2 comments· LAST UPDATED May 21, 2008

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This is a user contributed FAQ.

Q. Can you tell me few useful vim text editor keyboard short cuts for moving around while editing text files?

A.
Moving around with vim.

Open any file, for example
$ vim /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

1. Go to the first line
gg or 1 shift g or :0 (zero) Enter

2. Go to the last line.
Shift g or :$ Enter

3. Go to line 8
8 shift g

4. To scroll down one screen
Ctrl f

5. To scroll up one screen
Ctrl b

6. First position on line
0(zero)

7. Last position on line
$

8. Go to matching parenthesis
%

9. Right, left, up, down respectively.
l, h, k, j
Or You can also use arrow keys

10. Where Am I?
Ctrl g
Note: previous command works in command mode

11. You can see a nice summery of more vim commands here.

This article / faq is contributed by Yoander Valdés Rodríguez (yoander). nixCraft welcomes readers' tips / howtos.

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1 Stanislav Lechev [AngelFire] May 22, 2008 at 9:19 am

for point 3 you can use :8 as well (like :0 for the 1st line)

for point 9 (l, h, k, j) are alternatives for the arrows, it’s easies to use arrow keys…

one more thing… you can hit 7 and then down/up/left/right to move 7 lines/chars in that direction

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2 chika June 13, 2008 at 5:20 am

try this

:set number

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