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    Moving around in Vim

    Mike HartingtonMike Hartington

    Learn how to efficiently move around Vim and stop reaching for your mouse



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    Navigating around a file in Vim is driven solely by the keyword. Where most editors use the arrow keys and your mouse, Vim use the H, J, K, and the L keys. These keys are preferred since they keep your hands right on the home row instead of reaching constantly for your mouse.

    To move down a file, you can use the J key. To move back up a file, you can use the K key. If you want to move to the right, you can use the L key. If you want to move to the left, you can use the H key. Vim also provides a way to move through text word by word, using the W key. If you want to go back word by word, you can use the B key.

    To sum up, H moves you left one letter. L moves you right one letter. J moves you down one line. K moves you up one line. W moves you forward one word. B moves you back one word.