Vim Basics

Save file and exit in Vim

  • To go to insert mode: i
  • To save: [Esc] and zz
  • To quit: [Esc] and :wq

You need to press [Esc] key followed by the colon : before typing the following commands:

  • q Quit
  • q! Quit without saving changes i.e. discard changes
  • r fileName Read data from file called fileName
  • wq Write and quit (save and exit)
  • w fileName Write to file called fileName (save as)
  • w! fileName Overwrite to file called fileName (save as forcefully)