VIM emulation layer for Visual Studio

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by Davi_d__ | November 04 2015

Have been using it for ~1 year, does what it promises to.

My complaint is that some VIM stuff plain does not work. But that being said, it is relatively complete and bug-free, and sure beats clickin' away everywhere with a mouse :).

by Ruud Borst | November 03 2015


by Robert Sojak | October 20 2015

by Seanfalloy | October 07 2015

Awesome Thanks! I was stuck in atmel studios 7 for a while without this until I figured out how to install and I completely forgot how ridiculous "normal" text editing is.

by Jm7777777 | September 28 2015

Great job.

by nick.karasev | September 26 2015

by da.i24 | September 19 2015

by gowland | September 17 2015

You can take the developer out of Linux, but you can't take the Linux out of the developer. This extension makes my coding time so much less frustrating. It has some gotchas, but the power and ease it gives are well worth it (hence the 5 stars).

I've got a full review here: http://www.readytorocksd.com/vsvim-review-30-days-with-visual-studio-extension-vsvim/

by SimonManeggio | September 04 2015

by hhplp | August 17 2015

Very cool!!!

by 万屿 | August 16 2015

Nice plugin!!!

by Nathan.M | August 10 2015

Great plugin! I can't imagine trying to program without Vim keybindings.

by maseb | August 04 2015

After VIM, using an IDE/other editors felt like I was slowly drowning. No more!

by AhmedElSayed | July 28 2015

by Chandra Sekar Narayanan | July 27 2015

by RIscRIpt | July 27 2015

by Aaron Lockhart | June 25 2015

by zxzl | June 25 2015

With VsVim I can enjoy advantage of powerful IDE and light text editor together!

by PeriMCS | June 03 2015

First thing I add to VS. Even before Resharper!
I wish it could be used in Management Studio.

by melihov | June 01 2015

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  • ; and , for Till
    4 Posts | Last post August 09, 2014
    • Hello,
      it doesn't appear that the ; or , keys work with till (t).  Shouldn't be advancing the cursor to the next occurrence?
    • I just checked and this was working for me.  I put the caret at the start of a line, ran t; and the caret moved to the space before the ;.  What behavior are you seeing?
    • Sorry, I didn't quite communicate clearly.
      What I mean to say is that when I have a line such as
      font = g.Content.Load<SpriteFont>("hud");
      where ^ is where the caret is, and I press 'te'  (no quotation marks)
      the line will become
      font = g.Content.Load<SpriteFont>("hud");
      Now, if I press the ';' key (no quotes), I expect the caret will advance to the next e location. ie
      font = g.Content.Load<SpriteFont>("hud");
      However, when I do this , the carret does not advance.
    • Thanks for the detailed steps!
      That behavior appears to match the behavior of gVim (verified on 7.2).  The `;` repeat search motion will exactly execute the previous char search.  In this case it is 'te' and the next 'e' is the one in front of the caret hence the caret doesn't move.  
      If you use 'fe' instead of 'te' then ';' will jump the caret forward (although it will be on the char instead of before it).  
  • Wish list: more autocmd support
    1 Posts | Last post August 08, 2014
    • Specifically:
          au FocusLost,TabLeave * call feedkeys("\<C-\>\<C-n>")
      Thanks for maintaining VsVim, I would not enjoy editing without it...
  • BUG: Unwanted scrolling in split window upon Undo command
    7 Posts | Last post July 31, 2014
    • Hi Jared,
      I have a source file open with a horizontal window split so I can see code in two different parts of the file simultaneously. Most editing seems to work OK, but when you are editing in the top pane, the Undo command seems to make the bottom pane scroll from whatever position it was in up to lines affected by the Undo action. Executing the Undo command in the bottom pane does not cause the top pane to change its scroll position.
      Hope I have explained that properly...seems like a bug (but I can't confirm in gVim because I don't know how to split the editor horizontally there).
      Many thanks in advance for looking into it,
      PS: I am now enjoying a higher quality of life thanks to the recently added 'ge' command :-)
    • I tried reproing this but was unable to do so.  What I did was create a new text file and pasted a whole bunch of text into it.  Then I split the screen and scrolled the top pane to the top of the file and the bottom pane to the bottom of the file.  After that I put the caret in the top pane, made some edits, ran undo and the bottom pane stayed scrolled to where it was.  Tried a couple of variations on this and couldn't get the bottom pane to scroll.  Can you see a difference in how we are trying to repro this?
      To split in gVim just use the command `:split` 
      Glad you are enjoying `ge` ;) 
    • I did what you did and couldn't repro either. Then tried it this way:
      1) open a file then make some edits.
      2) split the window horizontally, then scroll the bottom pane so it shows parts of the file not visible in the top pane.
      3) click into the top pane then invoke Undo. The bottom pane will scroll.
      4) from this point on, for any edit you make anywhere in the top pane, when you hit Undo the bottom pane will scroll to the location affected by Undo in the top pane.
      The trick seems to be making some edits BEFORE splitting the window. If you open the file, split the window THEN edit, it doesn't happen. 
      Let me know if you can repro it that way.
      Thanks again!
    • I tried that and still wasn't able to repro.  
      What version of Visual Studio are you using? There was a bug in at least 2010, and possibly 2012, which would lead to this behavior.  
    • I am using VS 2012 Ultimate Version 11.0.61030.00 Update 4, running on Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit.
      I have also confirmed that the issue is probably VsVim related: when I disable the plugin and follow the repro steps I wrote the second time round, nothing happens. When I enable the plugin and follow the steps, the unwanted scrolling behaviour returns. The problem happens whether you have an existing file or use a newly created one, whether you are in a solution or editing the file "stand-alone".
      Hope that helps you hunt it down, though the bug is not too important (I do split window editing maybe once every several months).
      Thanks as always!
    • Thanks for the info! I was able to repro it on 2012.  It looks like it's the undo bug that I mentioned earlier and it appears to be fixed in 2013.  Unfortunately it's not really fixable in 2012 without breaking other behavior.  So I may just let this one go since it is fixed in later versions of VS.  
    • Many thanks, will be upgrading to 2013 soon, so no worries there!
  • Display Register Contents
    5 Posts | Last post July 25, 2014
    • Dear Mr. Parsons,
      I have found your VsVim extension to be very useful, and I am very grateful that you are developing it.
      Would you mind implementing the :reg (:register) command into VsVim so that a user can see the contents of the registers?
      Best Regards,
    • Glad you're enjoying the extension!
      The :reg command is implemented but only the version that doesn't take any arguments.  So if you type :reg only it will show everything.  I have the following bug filed to add support for specifying individual registers
    • Dear Mr. Parsons,
      Excuse my ignorance, but where does the output of the :reg command show up?
      I don't see any sort of VsVim output window or something like that.
      Best Regards,
    • It will appear is the same place where you type out the commands.  That window is dual purpose for editting commands and displaying output.  
    • Dear Mr. Parsons,
      Thank you for your help. I now see register contents listed.  
      It's strange because I thought I had done this before and I saw no output.
      I'm unable to recreate the error. (albeit I'm new to VIM).
      I'm curious if all the registers were to be cleared if any output would show.  Perhaps if there were no registers filled, there would be no output.
      Best Regards,
  • Ability to pass current filename to external command
    2 Posts | Last post July 24, 2014
    • It would be great if one could pass current filename to external command.
      Vim uses % symbol for it. So for example to open current file in notepad I would do:
      !notepad %
      I could run some svn commands to see the history of a file, blame and so on.
    • Thanks for reporting that.  Here is the bug that is tracking getting that feature into VsVim
  • DD command cursor
    3 Posts | Last post July 23, 2014
    • Hi Jared, when you first type the d command the cursor in normal mode should go from a full block to a half block letting you know you pressed the key for the first part of a command, this currently works on the y and c commands perfectly and I thought before the upgrade this used to work. I'm using version
      Is there a hidden setting that makes this work like it used to?
    • I just checked and VsVim will use the half block on `d`.  If it remains in a full block that typically means you have a normal mode mapping involving the `d` character (say :nmap da blah).  In that case when you press `d` there is an ambiguity and VsVim correctly keeps it at full block
      Eventually though the key mapping should time out in favor of the delete version of `d`.  At that point VsVim should be redrawing the caret at half block.  It is not though.  I filed the following bug to fix that up 
    • You are correct, I had a d mapping, I removed it and it works like normal again, 
      Thanks for your hard work on this.
  • ge command not working
    3 Posts | Last post July 18, 2014
    • Hi Jared,
      In gVim I can type 'ge' in normal mode to jump to the last character of the previous word, but for quite sometime now I can't get this to work in VsVim (using v1.6.0.3 with VS2012 Update 4). 
      Is this feature supported?
      Many thanks,
    • Great timing on the question. I just added support for 'ge' into the code base 2 days ago.
      If you want to grab a build that has this feature you can do so from here 
    • I still can't believe this thing is free! Many many thanks Jared!
  • 'Again' not working properly
    2 Posts | Last post July 16, 2014
    • Consider the following text:
          public SomeType MakeCopyFunc(SomeType 5)
      If I place the cursor on the 'S' after public then type cwMyObjectType<esc> it will delete SomeType,and replace it with MyObjectType. This is good. But then I navigate to the 'S' after the '(', and hit the '.' key to repeat the last action, rather than replace SomeType with MyObject, it will replace it with _MyObjec .
      Any idea what would cause this?
      I can't quite figure out why it does it sometimes and not others. I will report back when I have it narrowed down.
    • That definitely shouldn't be happening.  I have a lot of tests for this feature, many on very similar scenarios so I'm not sure why you are seeing that.  If you are able to narrow this down please let me know 
  • Shift+8
    3 Posts | Last post July 15, 2014
    • I don't know the vim well; however, I usually use the "shift+8" to find same keyword. 
      "N" is used to go next find result, and the "shift+N" is used to go previous result.Current version of VsVim is operated well for "shift+8" but there is no highlighting.  Is it possible to highlight the keyword of the result of the "shift+8" ?
    • To enable highlighting of searches type the following command (followed by enter)
      :set hlsearch
      This will cause all search results in Vim / VsVim to be highlighted
    • Thank you for your answer and your devotion for the VsVim. 
  • How to insert yanked lines/words in command line?
    3 Posts | Last post July 11, 2014
    • Hi there! In vim I could do <CTRL-R> " and get my yanked data in vim command line, but in vsvim I don't see these feature. So, how I can insert yanked data?)
    • Right now you can do this by just using a Windows Paste operation (Ctrl+V).  I have the following issue tracking getting Ctrl-R support into the command line editor 
    • Thank you for answering :)
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