vim Get :help (using Vim's built-in manual)

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Vim's built-in manual is the authoritative source of information and documentation on every Vim feature, including configurations, built-in functions, and even Vimscript. While not the most beginner-friendly interface, if you know how to look through it, you can find what you need.

Start searching by executing :help, :help [subject], or :help :help.


  • :h[elp] [keyword]


keywordConfiguration, function name, or any other keyword with significance to Vim. Keywords with a leading colon : search for Vim commands; e.g :help :split yields the window-splitting command, and :help split yields the Vimscript function split() .

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