No arrows in VimMar 10, 2011
Configure your Vim to disable the arrow keys and learn how to move with the right keys.
I’ve been using Vim a lot lately.
Vim was the first editor I ever used to write code. The first lines of code I wrote were written with Vim. I kept using it several years in college. I dropped it when I started developing in Java.
After a short time with Oracle JDeveloper and several years with Eclipse I’ve returned to my origins.
Since I use (and am in love with) Mac OS X, MacVim is my editor of choice. (Could have used Vim on my terminal I just like MacVim better).
Lately @plagelao has been sharing his Vim configuration. Following his example I want to start sharing mine too.
Since I know a few people that are starting to use Vim I want to share a couple of key remaps that @javisantana suggested to help me with my come back to Vim.
The first thing anyone should get used to when starting to use Vim is moving around with
l. It looks easy, but it’s harder than you think.
To avoid using arrows, just disable them!
"Disable arrows map <up> <nop> map <down> <nop> map <left> <nop> map <right> <nop> imap <up> <nop> imap <down> <nop> imap <left> <nop> imap <right> <nop>
This way you will be forced to use the right keys to move around.