if you're using vi
Vim is backwards compatible with vi. Switching from vi to Vim is easy:
you can keep all the things that Vi offers and gain a large
range of new features. Any one of these features may be a reason to
start using Vim. A few are listed below, but a much more comprehensive
list is in the Vim documentation, under
You can do xxxx and undo each of the four deletes.
When was the last time you typed "jjjj" and then found out the
caps lock key was on? You accidentally joined five lines
together, and Vi can undo only the last command. In Vim you
can undo all four "J" commands and get your original text back.
Vi is only available on Unix. Vim works on MS-Windows,
Macintosh, Amiga, OS/2, VMS, QNX and other systems. And also
on every Unix system.
Vim can be programmed to highlight portions of the buffer in
different colors or styles, based on the type of file being
edited. There are hundreds of syntax highlighting rulesets
bundled with Vim.
Vim works well at a console, but it can run natively in many
GUIs, including X Windows, Mac OS, and Microsoft Windows. It
uses native GUI widgets for scrolling, dividing buffers, and
menuing. It can also talk to the clipboard.
vi compatibility mode
In a pinch, you can force Vim to act like vi. All of the
improvements and bug-fixes in Vim that make it incompatible
with vi are turned off, and you're left with a 100%