I'm running vim on Windows 7. It works, but when I type
vimtutor on the command line, a window opens and closes immediately, and nothing else happens.
Is there a way to run
vimtutor with Vim for Windows?
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gVim from the Start Menu, then
(may be different with another version or install location, it doesn't have a file extension). Save a copy of the file to
My Documents using the menu.
vimtutor command is a merely a shortcut command to do this, as well as automatically showing the correct translations if necessary. You don't need it.
How to run vimtutor on windows?
(That's how simple it was ever meant to be).
Explanation: I'm suggesting you should use the right tool for the job, that's why I'm "promoting" Cygwin, which is one of the best ways of having not only vim, but a whole UNIX-like environment on Windows. It is apparent from the question that you are using some graphical vim implementation, and it cannot run vimtutor without a workaround. I say it's a great opportunity of trying out something different: a collection of tools that are not only coherent among themselves, but also quite well-integrated with the host environment (Windows). This is my heartfelt suggestion, which I hope will not only enable you to run vimtutor without a hassle, but possibly give you further satisfactions once you start using it. It has given me a great many, and no problems at all over the course of years, hence my enthusiasm in sharing my experience.
P.S. In your recent comment you mention not having a Windows machine, so I guess this question is no longer relevant to you. Maybe this suggestion can be of some use to others.
This can happen when Vim doesn't have a translation of a tutor file into the language set by the system, when you have installed additional language files during Vim installation (if installing through the Windows installer) and use Windows with an unsupported locale. I was able to run vimtutor without problems when I reinstalled Vim with the checkbox to install additional language files unchecked.
For those who prefer to launch the tutor directly, here's a simple no-frills replacement (adjust Vim install directory):
@echo off copy "C:\program Files\Vim\vim74\tutor\tutor" "%TEMP%\tutor" gvim -u NONE -c "set nocp" "%TEMP%\tutor"
Find the vimtutor BAT file (usually
$VIM/vim74) and then double click it. A daemon cmd windows opens, and the vimtutor window will open and not close immediately.
If you've installed Vim through Git for Windows, then you're out of luck (currently, i.e. Git v2.12.2). The only
vimtutor command installed is the bash script. So if you're running the Linux subsystem on Windows or you're in Cygwin then you might be ok, but otherwise not.
tutor directory does exist in
C:\Program Files\Git\usr\share\vim\vim80, but you'll obviously have to copy it manually to a temp directory as the
vimtutor script does.