How Do I Use Vim?

Is Vim easy to use? Vim includes more features to edit files, but it’s also more difficult to learn. Therefore, it’s only recommended for advanced users with prior experience working in the Linux shell.

You may be asking, how do I make a Vim file? This guide will tell you how to create file Vim files and how to alter, or edit a file with Vim.

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First, log into your server via ssh.

Then navigate to the directory location you wish to create the file, or edit an existing file

Next, type in Vim followed by the name of the file. For example, if you wish to create or edit a new file named test.html run the following Vim (pause) space (pause) test.html

Afterwards, click the letter i on your keyboard to enter insert mode in vim, it now shows “insert” on the bottom left.

Then start typing into the file

When you’re finished editing the file, click the escape key – this takes you out of insert mode and the insert disappears from the bottom left of your terminal

To save the file type in a “colon” followed by “wq” The characters “colon wq” appear at the bottom left.

Finally, click the enter key on your keyboard to save and exit

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