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11 months ago

The Ultimate NeoVim Config for Colemak Users


Please DO NOT just copy this configuration folder without really looking at it! Please, at least, read this README file!


  • This nvim configuration REQUIRES NeoVim 0.6.0+

After Installation, You Need To

  • Install pip3, and do pip3 install --user pynvim
  • Install node, and do npm install -g neovim
  • Install nerd-fonts (actually it's optional but it looks real good)

After Installation, You Might Want To

First of all

  • Do :checkhealth

For Python Debugger (via vimspector)

  • Install debugpy (pip)

Config Python path

  • Well, make sure you have python
  • See _machine_specific.vim

For Taglist:

  • Install ctags for function/class/variable list


  • Install fzf
  • Install ag (the_silver_searcher)

And also...

  • Install figlet for inputing text ASCII art
  • Install xclip for system clipboard access (Linux and xorg only)

Keyboard Shortcuts

1 Basic Editor Features

1.1 The Most Basics

k : switchs to INSERT : mode (same as key i in vanilla vim)

Q : quits current vim window (same as command :q in vanilla vim)

S : saves the current file (same as command :w in vanilla vim)


Since the i key has been mapped to k, every command (combination) that involves i should use k instead (for example, ciw should be ckw).

1.2 Remapped Cursor Movement

Shortcut Action Equivalent
u Cursor up a terminal line k
e Cursor down a terminal line j
n Cursor left h
i Cursor right l
U Cursor up 5 terminal lines 5k
E Cursor down 5 terminal lines 5j
N Cursor to the start of the line 0
I Cursor to the end of the line $
Ctrl u Move the view port up 5 lines without moving the cursor Ctrl y
Ctrl e Move the view port down 5 lines without moving the cursor Ctrl e
h Move to the end of this word e
W Move cursor five words forward 5w
B Move cursor five words forward 5b

1.3 Remapped Insert Mode Keys

Shortcut Action
Ctrl a Move cursor to the end of the line
Ctrl u Move the character on the right of the cursor to the end of the line

1.4 Remapped Text Manipulating Commands in Normal Mode

Shortcut Action
l undo
< Un-indent
> Indent
SPACE SPACE Goto the next placeholder (<++>)

1.5 Other Useful Normal Mode Remappings

Shortcut Action
r Compile/Run the current file
SPACE s c Toggle spell suggestion a
SPACE d w Find adjacent duplicated word
SPACE t t Convert every 4 Spaces to a tab
SPACE o Fold
SPACE - Previous quick-fix position
SPACE + Next quick-fix position
\ p Show the path of the current file
SPACE / Create a new terminal below the current window

1.6 Remapped Commands in Visual Mode

Shortcut Action
Y Copy selected text to system clipboard

2 Window Management

2.1 Creating Window Through Split Screen

Shortcut Action
s u Create a new horizontal split screen and place it above the current window
s e Create a new horizontal split screen and place it below the current window
s n Create a new vertical split screen and place it left to the current window
s i Create a new vertical split screen and place it right to the current window
s v Set the two splits to be vertical
s h Set the two splits to be horizontal
s r v Rotate splits and arrange splits vertically
s r h Rotate splits and arrange splits horizontally

2.2 Moving the Cursor Between Different Windows

Shortcut Action
SPACE + w Move cursor to the next window
SPACE + n Move cursor one window left
SPACE + i Move cursor one window right
SPACE + u Move cursor one window up
SPACE + e Move cursor one window down

2.3 Resizing Different Windows

Use the arrow keys to resize the current window.

2.4 Closing Windows

Shortcut Action
Q Close the current window
SPACE q Close the window below the current window. (The current window will be closed if there is no window below)

3 Tab Management

Shortcut Action
t u Create a new tab
t n Go one tab left
t i Go One tab right
t m n Move tab left
t m i Move tab right

4 Terminal Keyboard Shortcuts

Shortcut Action
Ctrl n Escape from terminal input mode

Plugins Keybindings (Screenshots/GIF provided!)


COC (AutoCompletion)

Shortcut Action
Space y Get yank history list
gd Go to definition
gr List references
gi List implementation
gy Go to type definition
Space r n Rename a variable


Shortcut Action
Ctrl e Expand a snippet
Ctrl n (in snippet) Previous Cursor position in snippet
Ctrl e (in snippet) Next Cursor position in snippet

GIF Demo

File Navigation

coc-explorer (file browser)

Shortcut Action
tt Open file browser
? show help (in explorer)

rnvimr - file browser

  • Make sure you have ranger installed

Press R to open Ranger (file selector)

And Within rnvimr (ranger), you can:

Shortcut Action
Ctrl t Open the file in a new tab
Ctrl x Split up and down with the file
Ctrl v Split left and right with the file

FZF - the fuzzy file finder

Shortcut Action
Ctrl p FZF Files
Ctrl u Move up 1 item
Ctrl e Move down 1 item
Ctrl w FZF Buffers
Ctrl f FZF Files' Content
Ctrl h FZF Recent Files
Ctrl t FZF Tags

xtabline (the fancy tab line)

Shortcut What it creates
to Cycle tab mode
\p Show current path

Text Editing Plugins


Shortcut Action
SPACE t m Toggle table mode
SPACE t r Realign table

See :help table-mode.txt for more.


Shortcut Action
Shift + L Open Undotree
u Newer Version
e Older Version


Shortcut Action
Ctrl+k Select next key (multiple cursors)
q Deselect the current keys (multiple cursors)
- Select the previous key
= Select the next key
Esc Quit mutiple cursors


To add surround (string -> "string"):


press: yskw':


To change surround


press: cs'":



New operator: s:

You can execute s<motion> to substitute the text object provided by the motion with the contents of the default register (or an explicit register if provided). For example, you could execute skw to replace the current word under the cursor with the current yank, or skp to replace the paragraph, etc.


Press ga + symbol in normal or visual mode to align text based on symbol


Press \ f to format code

vim-markdown-toc (generate table of contents for markdown files)

In markdown files, type :Gen then tab, you'll see your options.

Navigation Within Buffer


Press T to toggle function and variable list

Find and Replace

Far.vim - find and replace

Press SPACE f r to search in cwd.

Git Related


Shortcut Action
H Show git hunk at current line
SPACE g - Go to previous git hunk
SPACE g + Go to next git hunk
SPACE g f Fold everything except hunks


Press Space g i to create a .gitignore file



Shortcut Action
\ \ Show clock
\ c Show calendar

Goyo - Work without distraction

Press g y to toggle Goyo


Forgot to sudo vim ...? Just do :sudowrite or :sw


Press ts to translate word under cursor.

Custom Snippets


Shortcut What it creates
,n ---
,b Bold text
,s sliced text
,i italic text
,d code block
,c big block of code
,m - [ ] check mark
,p picture
,a link
,1 # H1
,2 ## H2
,3 ### H3
,4 #### H4
,l --------

,f to go to the next <++> (placeholder)

,w to go to the next <++> (placeholder) and then press Enter for you

Some Weird Stuff

Press tx and enter your text

tx Hello<Enter>

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Customized Vertical Cursor Movement

This NeoVim configuration includes a customized vertical cursor movement tailored for Colemak users. It can be located in cursor.vim, and it serves as an alternative to the "number + up/down" key combination.

In order to move the cursor up x lines, press the [ key, and treat the middle row of the Colemak keyboard layout ("arstdhneio") as number 1 to 0. Press the numbers that you'd like your cursor to move (x) and press the space bar.

To move the cursor down, press the ' key instead of the [ key, and the rest would be the same.


Shortcut Action
[ a o o SPACE Move the cursor up 100 lines
' a r s SPACE Move the cursor down 123 lines
[ d o SPACE Move the cursor up 50 lines

Note: As of now, you may only move vertically up to 199 lines with this key configuration!