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Mastering Vim by Ruslan Osipov

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Making simple edits in insert mode

When working with Vim, you usually want to spend as little time as possible in the insert mode (unless you're writing and not editing). Since most text operations involve editing, we'll focus on that.

You've already learned to enter the insert mode by pressing i. There are more ways to get to the insert mode. Often times you will want to change some piece of text for another one, and there's a command just for that c. The change command allows you to remove a portion of text and immediately enter an insert mode. Change is a compound command, meaning that it needs to be followed by a command which tells Vim what needs to be changed. You can combine it with any of the movement commands you've learned before. ...

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