VIM, one of the best text editors of all time, has a lot of useful options which are usually hidden. To get the best out of this text editor, I’d recommend checking some of these features out.
To get these settings enabled by default, add the lines to your vimrc file, it is usually located at ~/.vimrc if not, just create it. Below is a part of the .vimrc file I like using.
"set tabwidth to 4 characters, automatic indentation and stuff set tabstop=4 shiftwidth=4 set expandtab set smarttab set autoindent set smartindent "set searching case insensitive, but if you type uppercase, it will go case sensitive set ignorecase set smartcase "2 lines above/below cursor when scrolling set scrolloff=2 "show filename in title bar set title "show line numbers, and toggle it on/off with F2 set number map <F2> :set invnumber<CR> "toggle wrapping mode with Ctrl+w map <C-w> :set invwrap<CR> "Reload Current File, ask for confirmation if changed map <F5> :confirm :edit<CR> "automatically cd into the directory that the file is in, very useful when running commands within vi autocmd BufEnter * execute "chdir ".escape(expand("%:p:h"), ' ') "highlight the current line, when you split screen, it will only highlight the line that has focus on hi CursorLine cterm=NONE ctermbg=blue ctermfg=NONE autocmd WinEnter * setlocal cursorline autocmd WinLeave * setlocal nocursorline set cursorline "set encoding to utf-8 set encoding=utf-8 "highlight search results set hlsearch "search while typing set incsearch