Published: April 06, 2022 • Updated: January 03, 2023 • 2 min read
How does one exit Vim “Ex” mode?
But first… how did you even get into “Ex” mode? Probably by accidentally
Q in normal mode:
*Q* *mode-Ex* *Ex-mode* *Ex* *EX* *E501* Q Switch to "Ex" mode. This is a bit like typing ":" commands one after another, except: - You don't have to keep pressing ":". - The screen doesn't get updated after each command. - There is no normal command-line editing. - Mappings and abbreviations are not used.
If this is true you probably missed the initial instructions:
Entering Ex mode. Type "visual" to go to Normal mode.
And so, exit “Ex” mode by tying
:vi in command mode.
“Ex” mode is the mode of Vim that I know the least about. I’ve been using Vim for close to a decade, and I’ve really never see it in use.
What are your thoughts on this? Let me know!
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