Published: April 06, 2022 • 2 min read
How does one exit Vim “Ex” mode?
But first, how did you get into “Ex” mode? Probably with
*Q* *mode-Ex* *Ex-mode* *Ex* *EX* *E501* Q Switch to "Ex" mode. This is a bit like typing ":" commands one after another, except: - You don't have to keep pressing ":". - The screen doesn't get updated after each command. - There is no normal command-line editing. - Mappings and abbreviations are not used.
If you got into this mode by accident, as I have often done, you might miss the initial instruction:
Entering Ex mode. Type "visual" to go to Normal mode.
And so, exit “Ex” mode with
“Ex” mode is the mode of Vim that I know the least about. I’ve been using Vim for close to a decade, and I’ve really never see it in use. I’d love to know who is using it and why.
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