Moving Around With vim (keyboard short cuts)

This is a user contributed FAQ.

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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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2 comments… add one
  • Stanislav Lechev [AngelFire] May 22, 2008 @ 9:19

    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

  • chika Jun 13, 2008 @ 5:20

    try this

    :set number

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