Vim text editor manual for newbies

Vim is a highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing. It is an improved version of the vi editor distributed with most UNIX systems.Vim is often called a “programmer’s editor,” and so useful for programming that many consider it an entire IDE. It’s not just for programmers, though. Vim is perfect for all kinds of text editing, from composing email to editing configuration files.

Here is a link list of online manuals for newbies:

vimdoc: html + pdf
eandem: pdf
Hawaii College of Engineering: html +pdf

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1 Response to “Vim text editor manual for newbies”


  1. 1 Jon Buys September 1, 2008 at 2:04 am

    If you work in the UNIX world, you have to learn vi very early on. vi is the only text editor that is installed on *every* UNIX and *nix system out there. You may prefer pico or nano or emacs, but vi is the only one thats guaranteed to work.

    It’s got a slight learning curve, but it’s well worth it in productive time. No other so called modern text editors have yet to match the simple power of vi.


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