I am using vim for quite some time but I think I broke my settings somehow after installing a few packages.

Let me show it with examples. In normal mode I am used to navigation like this:

Normal mode

However, when I switch to insert mode, my cursor doesn't remember it's original position anymore - note how it just keeps moving back. I am almost positive it acted differently before.

Insert mode

The most annoying thing is that it actually moves back again to fourth column when going to third line, even though I had my position at fifth column in second line, and fifth column is available in both lines.

So my question is: are there any settings that allow me to control this behavior in insert mode? My muscle memory is greatly suffering from this. I know of :virtualedit=onemore but it doesn't seem to do the trick.

  • Perhaps you have mappings for the cursor keys. Does :map <Down> show anything? – benjifisher Feb 22 '14 at 14:06
  • It's just bound to gj. – rr- Feb 22 '14 at 15:35
  • Then try :iunmap <Down>. – benjifisher Feb 22 '14 at 19:20

To get where you are from a standard installation do:

:set virtualedit=insert

and the cursor behaviour will be what you describe.

To get back to what you were used to:

:set virtualedit=onemore

(you missed the ':set' part in what you describe above.

Having said that: there are many reasons for not navigating through a file with arrow keys in vim. See this post on so as just one of many, many examples where people advocate using only the normal mode for navigation.

  • I have :set virtualedit= (the default, I think) and I get similar behavior in Normal and Insert modes, so I do not think that option is what matters. – benjifisher Feb 22 '14 at 14:05
  • Great! :set virtualedit=onemore worked for me. Thanks. Also... I saw "misusing vim" argument coming, but once every a few dozens edits I end up navigating in insert mode and I don't think it's that bad. I just wanted it to act like I want it to on such occasions. – rr- Feb 22 '14 at 15:28

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