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*usr_01.txt* For Vim version 6.1. Last change: 2002 Jan 15 VIM USER MANUAL - by Bram Moolenaar About the manuals This chapter introduces the manuals available with Vim. Read this to know the conditions under which the commands are explained. |01.1| Two manuals |01.2| Vim installed |01.3| Using the Vim tutor |01.4| Copyright Next chapter: |usr_02| The first steps in Vim Table of contents: |usr_toc|
*01.1* Two manuals The Vim documentation consists of two parts: 1. The User manual Task oriented explanations, from simple to complex. Reads from start to end like a book. 2. The Reference manual Precise description of how everything in Vim works. The notation used in these manuals is explained here: |notation| JUMPING AROUND The text contains hyperlinks between the two parts, allowing you to quickly jump between the description of an editing task and a precise explanation of the commands and options used for it. Use these two commands: Press CTRL-] to jump to a subject under the cursor. Press
*01.2* Vim installed Most of the manuals assume that Vim has been properly installed. If you didn't do that yet, or if Vim doesn't run properly (e.g., files can't be found or in the GUI the menus do not show up) first read the chapter on installation: |usr_90|. *not-compatible* The manuals often assume you are using Vim with Vi-compatibility switched off. For most commands this doesn't matter, but sometimes it is important, e.g., for multi-level undo. An easy way to make sure you are using the right setup, copy the example vimrc file. By doing this inside Vim you don't have to check out where it is located. How to do this depends on the system you are using: Unix:
*01.3* Using the Vim tutor *tutor* *vimtutor* Instead of reading the text (boring!) you can use the vimtutor to learn your first Vim commands. This is a 30 minute tutorial that teaches the most basic Vim functionality hands-on. On Unix and MS-Windows, if Vim has been properly installed, you can start it from the shell:
*01.4* Copyright *manual-copyright* The Vim user manual and reference manual are Copyright (c) 1988-2002 by Bram Moolenaar. This material may be distributed only subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Open Publication License, v1.0 or later. The latest version is presently available at: http://www.opencontent.org/openpub/ People who contribute to the manuals must agree with the above copyright notice. *frombook* Parts of the user manual come from the book "Vi IMproved - Vim" by Steve Oualline (published by New Riders Publishing, ISBN: 0735710015). The Open Publication License applies to this book. Only selected parts are included and these have been modified (e.g., by removing the pictures, updating the text for Vim 6.0 and fixing mistakes). The omission of the |frombook| tag does not mean that the text does not come from the book. Many thanks to Steve Oualline and New Riders for creating this book and publishing it under the OPL! It has been a great help while writing the user manual. Not only by providing literal text, but also by setting the tone and style. If you make money through selling the manuals, you are strongly encouraged to donate part of the profit to help AIDS victims in Uganda. See |iccf|.
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