Vi / Vim: Save And Quit The Editor Command

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I am a new vi (vim) text editor user. How do I quit the vi editor and save my changes under Linux or Unix like operating systems?

To save and quit the vi or vim editor with saving any changes you have made:

If you are currently in insert or append mode, press Esc key.

Press : (colon). The cursor should reappear at the lower left corner of the screen beside a colon prompt.

Enter the following command (type :x and press Enter key):

x

OR

x!

OR

wq!

This will quit the editor, and all changes you have made to the document will be saved to the file.

Fig.01: Vi / vim save and quit demo.
Fig.01: Vi / vim save and quit demo.

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  1. To save and quit:
    If you are currently in insert or append mode, press Esc key.
    Press: (semi-colon) The cursor should reappear at the lower left corner of the screen beside a colon prompt.
    Enter the following command (type wq! and press Enter key).
    :)

    1. Press: (colon) The cursor should reappear at the lower left corner of the screen beside a colon prompt.
      colon is right.

    1. Hit the ‘esc’ key and it will take you out of the cursor mode and give you a cursor at the lower left hand of the screen. Now enter wq! and it will save and quit.

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