Moving Around With vim (keyboard short cuts)

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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.

Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. He has worked with global clients and in various industries, including IT, education, defense and space research, and the nonprofit sector. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+.

2 comment

  1. 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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