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Mastering Vim by Ruslan Osipov

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Configuring Vim with your .vimrc

Vim reads configuration from a .vimrc file. Vim works out of the box, but there are certain options which make working with code a lot easier.

In Unix-like systems, files starting with a period . are hidden. To see them, run ls -a in a Command line.

In Linux and MacOS, .vimrc is located in your user directory (the full path would be /home/<username>/.vimrc). You can also find out your user directory by opening a Command Prompt and running the following command:

$ echo $HOME

Windows does not allow periods in file names, so the file is named _vimrc. It's usually located in C:\Users\<username>\_vimrc, but you can also locate it by opening the Windows Command Prompt and running the following command:

$ echo %USERPROFILE% ...

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