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Mastering Vim by Ruslan Osipov

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Insert mode

Insert mode is used to type in text, and that's about it. Hitting Esc takes you back to normal mode, which is where you should be performing most of your work. When in insert mode, you can also use Ctrl + o to execute a single normal mode command and end up back in insert mode.

Insert mode is indicated by -- INSERT -- displayed in a status line.

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