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Mastering Vim by Ruslan Osipov

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Changing text

By default you're in Vim's normal mode, meaning that every key press corresponds to a particular command. Hit i on your keyboard to enter an insert mode. This will display -- INSERT -- in a status line (at the bottom), (and, if you're using gVim, it will change the cursor from a block to a vertical line), as can be seen in the following example:

The insert mode behaves just like any other modeless editor. Normally, we wouldn't spend a lot of time in insert mode except for adding new text.

You've already encountered three of Vim's modes: command-line mode, normal mode, and insert mode. This book will cover more modes, see Chapter ...

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