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In terminal I can do this by pressing shift+home and shift+end, but it doesn't seem to work in vim. Home and end keys scroll terminal window only. I would like to jump in edit mode.

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In command mode, you can find on the Vim Cheat Sheet (0 and $): I don't know about edit mode, though. – Gnoupi Mar 25 '10 at 10:48
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This answer assumes you are using vim in a Terminal window.

The default bindings for Home and End are a bit different from what a program would expect based on the usual TERM setting (i.e. an xterm variant). If you want to stick with the default bindings (and having to use the Shifted variants in Terminal), you might try putting something like this in your .vimrc:

:" map Mac OS X default Home and End
:map <ESC>[H <Home>
:map <ESC>[F <End>
:imap <ESC>[H <C-O><Home>
:imap <ESC>[F <C-O><End>
:cmap <ESC>[H <Home>
:cmap <ESC>[F <End>

Otherwise, you might try adjusting the codes that Terminal sends when you use Home and End (unshifted even, if you like). A search would probably turn up some places that describe how to do it (here is one). The basic idea is that you want to have Terminal send ESC[1~ instead of ESC[H for Home and ESC[4~ instead of ESC[F for End (or Shift-Home/Shift-End if you want to keep Home/End for accessing scrollback). I would describe the process in more detail, but I only have 10.4, and I know Terminal was changed a lot in 10.5 and later.

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Works perfectly, thank you very much!! – JtR Mar 25 '10 at 14:53

use 0 and $ to move to beginning and end of line. Refer this site :

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The OP wants to jump in editing mode, not in command mode, so these keys will just literally input 0 and $. – slhck Apr 19 '13 at 9:32

With iTerm and Vim you can use fn+right and left arrows in insert mode to jump to begin or end of line. With you use shift+arrows.

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As an addition to Chris answer, you may also achieve word navigation (with Option+arrow keys), just by adding those four lines:

:map <ESC>f el
:imap <ESC>b <C-o>b
:imap <ESC>f <C-o>el
:cmap <ESC>f el

Notice the o is lower case, so that it won't exit insert mode for the operation. You can also change the uppercase O in the original answer for the same effect.

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In MacVim, you can use Command 'Left Arrow' and Command 'Right Arrow' to go to the beginning and end of line while being in edit mode.

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Sounds like JtR is using vim inside instead of using MacVim (which I would highly recommend, and personally use, as well). – Matrix Mole Mar 25 '10 at 11:57

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