Vim – The Improved Editor
December 31st, 2017
Senior Vice President of Content
In this short course, we will take a look at Vim, the improved editor. Learn how to use the keyboard to work with your text documents, complete searches, replace text and format them. We also show you how to branch out from Vim to run commands, capture output into the current buffer, manage your buffers and move between them and more!
Vim - The Improved Editor
Introduction to Linux Academy - Maximize Your Experience
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Vim vs. Vi - What's the Difference?
Learn the differences and a little background on Vim vs. the standard Vi editor.
Vim Packages and Creating Files
In addition to discussing which packages may need to be installed for Vim on your distribution, we briefly show you how to create files for our use during the course.
There are different modes that determine how Vim behaves when you press a key. We discuss and demonstrate how to activate each one and show how they differ.
Navigating Your File
One of the first things you need to know is how to move around your text file. We demonstrate the keyboard shortcuts that allow you to do that in different ways.
Add and Remove Text
The most common thing to do in Vim is add and remove text within your files. Let's start taking a look at that.
Copy, Paste, Search and Replace
All things you do frequently within your text editing sessions. We show you the various methods of doing each. Note: at 9:23, the # should be a %
Executing External Commands
Vim gives us the ability to shell out and execute commands without leaving the editor. Additionally, we can capture that output in the current file buffer.
Files and Buffers
We are not limited to a single file for editing at a time. Learn about how Vim uses buffers and how to move between them in the same session.
Where Do I Go from Here?
Where do I go from here?