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How to Vim Save/Vim Exit/Quit in Editor? [VIM Save and Exit]

Looking to Vim Save and Exit command? This article will help you with VIM Save, VIM Exit/VIM Quit commands to increase your productivity level by saving your time.

Posted: 20 Jul, 21 Updated: 15 Feb, 23 by Antoniy Yushkevych 3 Min

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Vim is one of the most reliable and powerful open-source text editors available for several operating systems. Commonly, the Vim text editor is also known as Vi. Initially, Bill Joy discovered this editor in the 1970s. At that time, Vi was short form for the visual editor

Vim is an extremely fast and efficient UNIX text editor. It is also inclusive of Linux and macOS. You can feel free to write or edit text with the help of this tool via a command-line interface or as an application. There are ample features and commands associated with Vim. Here, we will learn how to save Vim and exit Vim methods.

Let’s dive in!

By default, For starters, when you launch vim, the file opens in the command mode; it tells you that you cannot enter any new text. Instead, you can edit or move the file.

If you wish to enter the text, switch on the insert mode. For that, you have to Press I, which will allow you to type any text in the file. 

Method 1: How to save in vim and quit in Vim [Exit vim], follow the below-listed steps:

Step 1: Initially move to the command mode. To do that, press the ESC key

Step 2: Now, press the colon. In the bottom left corner, it directs you to the prompt bar 

Step 3: Type x and press enter. It will save vim and exit vim.

Additionally, you can also accomplish this task by using a command. Take a look:

w = write (save)
q = quit

There is another method for Vim save command without exiting. Let us see how!

Method 2: If you want to save a file in vim and do not wish to exit Vim, follow these steps:

Step 1: Press the ESC key to switch to the command mode

Step 2: Now, type colon. It takes you to the prompt bar, as shown in the below-listed screenshots:

Save VIM

Step 3: Type w and now press Enter. This helps you to make changes in the file without exiting from the text editor

Besides you can also rename files, and to do so. You have to follow the below-listed Linux command.

:w [newfilename]

Here is a screenshot for you.

To execute this process, we have to follow the below-given steps:

Step 1: You have to press the ESC key, and you will move to the command mode.

Step 2: After that, you have to press the colon to open the prompt bar

Step 3: Now, type q and enter to exit the text editor without saving any changes. 

Please take a look at the screenshot which we have listed below.

Exit VIM

We hope you are now familiar with How to save vim and quit vim/exit vim editor? That have been listed above in the two methods. VIM editor has a lot of shortcuts to accomplish your work in less time, and it will increase your productivity level too. Every time an expert is looking for shortcuts or to save a file or exit file should implement the above-listed commands.

Also, if you think there can be any other methods to save a file or exit a file in the vim editor, do let us know via the comment box listed below.

Keep Learning & Exploring Vim Editor.

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Antoniy Yushkevych

Antoniy Yushkevych

Master of word when it comes to technology, internet and privacy. I'm also your usual guy that always aims for the best result and takes a skateboard to work. If you need me, you will find me at the office's Counter-Strike championships on Fridays or at a.yushkevych@monovm.com
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2021, Oct, 21

Doesn't work, still not able to save and exit.