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I am just new to vim and i am following these tutorials for vim.

But some of my commands are not working in Vim like:--

Capital W.
f followed by a character. (To move to next same char.)

Can any body tell why this is happening.

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It should work if you are in command mode. – Rojan Dec 28 '10 at 4:28
The commands W and fx don't work? What does happen when you try them? – msw Dec 28 '10 at 5:38
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this may be because by default Ubuntu has a cut down version of vim called vim-tiny and many commands don't work in vim-tiny. To get full functionality you need to install vim. You can install vim with following command

sudo apt-get install vim

Try these commands after installing vim and let me know if you still have problems.

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Usually VIM runs in VI compatibility mode by default.

Try switching modes and see if the commands work. Use this to see which mode you are in:

:set compatible?


:set compatible


:set nocompatible 

to switch to the other mode and give your commands a try.


set nocompatible


set compatible

to a file called ".vimrc" in your home directory will make the setting the default for vim.

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I'm not sure of capital W. I dont know what it is supposed to do, it works just like small w, moving to the next word.

Regarding f followed by a character will move to the character only in the current line. If you want to move to a character else where use / and the character and press enter. ? for reverse. I too got confused with f first.

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w moves to the next word, W moves to the next WORD. A WORD is basically anything delimited by white space. – kyrias Oct 27 '13 at 1:08

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