Since the question appeared in August of 2012, over 1 million 2 million people have learned how to quit (exit?) Vim.

No one said exiting Vim would be easy.


My favorite exit method is exit and save by pressing Z twice from command mode. Those keystrokes lead to a quick exit.

Simple ways to quit Vi or Vim from command mode (tip: hit Esc to leave insert mode and enter command mode):

  • :q - quit
  • :q! - quit without saving the file
  • :wq - write and quit

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