How to prepare _vimrc file (i.e. the file with the default settings)
1. Copy "C:\Program Files (x86)\Vim\_vimrc" to $HOME/_vimrc.
If you don't have $HOME variable, you may see it in Gvim with the help
2. Edit $HOME/_vimrc, add commands there.
add commands there.
For instance, my favorite tab stop options:
How to make the 'Backsapce' key work properly in Edit mode:
:set backspace=indent,eol,start(more info here: http://vim.wikia.com/wiki/Backspace_and_delete_problems)
How to start Gvim maximized under Windows:
(taken from http://vim.wikia.com/wiki/Maximize_or_set_initial_window_size)
Add the following line to _vimrc:
au GUIEnter * simalt ~x "x on an English Windows version. n on a French one
It is possible to have only one Gvim running:
Edit "file.txt" in server "FILES" if it exists, become server "FILES"
gvim --servername FILES --remote-silent file.txt
This means that you'll have only one Gvim running. New files will be opened in already running Gvim.
More information here:
Hidden characters in GVIM
Display hidden characters:
(taken from http://dinomite.net/2007/vim-tip-show-hidden-characters)
Learn the code of symbol under the cursor: ga
Find the symbol with code (for instance, Tab symbol with hex code 09):
Replace: the same, for instance :s/\%x09/ /gc
(taken from http://durgaprasad.wordpress.com/2007/09/25/find-replace-non-printable-characters-in-vim/)
How to show line numbers:
To turn line numbers on :set nu
To turn line numbers off :set nu!
How to convert the file from Windows to Unix format using GVIM
(i.e. replace \r\n to just \n)
1. Open file in GVIM.
2. :set ff=unix
3. Save the file and exit
How to remove empty lines in GVIM
(more tips here: http://www.rayninfo.co.uk/vimtips.html, great source of GVIM info)
How to make arrow keys work properly in edit mode in Vi on Linux term
Problem: It seems that when I am using VI through putty when I am in insert mode I get escape characters, instead of the cursor moving when I use the arrow keys.
Solution: 1. use vim.
2. Create a .vimrc file in your home directory:
echo syntax enable > ~/.vimrc
Read here: http://www.bluehostforum.com/archive/index.php/t-6700.html
To be continued...