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i = go into insert mode, here you may use arrows to navigate text, and edit it with the keyboard as normal.
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<pre>i</pre> = go into insert mode, here you may use arrows to navigate text, and edit it with the keyboard as normal.
  
 
Esc (the escape key) = exit insert mode
 
Esc (the escape key) = exit insert mode
  
 
WHEN NOT in insert mode you may use:
 
WHEN NOT in insert mode you may use:
:w (then enter) = write changes.
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<pre:w</pre> (then enter) = write changes.
:q (then enter) = exit vi
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<pre>:q</pre> (then enter) = exit vi
:q! (then enter) = exit vi without saving changes.
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<pre>:q!</pre> (then enter) = exit vi without saving changes.
  
  

Revision as of 22:52, 10 April 2015

Quick reference for basic editing in vi


i
= go into insert mode, here you may use arrows to navigate text, and edit it with the keyboard as normal.

Esc (the escape key) = exit insert mode

WHEN NOT in insert mode you may use: <pre:w</pre> (then enter) = write changes.

:q
(then enter) = exit vi
:q!
(then enter) = exit vi without saving changes.


Examples of usage...

[root@localhost ~]# vi /README.txt
i
This is my first readme file, wrote with vi!
Esc
:w
:q
[root@localhost ~]# cat /README.txt
this is my first readme file, wrote with vi!