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Make Firefox Vi(m)-Like

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If you're a regular reader of this blog, you'd know that I use Vim for most of my development work. Its just so damn fast at editing text and not having to reach for the mouse for every little thing is a big big plus. Then I discovered the Vimperator extension for Firefox which basically claims to make Firefox Vim-like, and I'm not disappointed.

Upon installation you'd notice that the top bar, navigation, search etc. are all gone. But you get the normal mode of Vi(m) to do operations. 'o' URL opens the URL, :to opens the URL in a new tab. And in typical style :wq saves your session and quits. :) There are of course some minor differences but mostly it follows the command mode well. Which is doubly beneficial since you can improve your Vi chops at the same time.

Using it for about a month now, and I must say that my speed of navigation around the web is significantly faster. The best is the h-j-k-l movement and closing a tab with only 'd'. Though to be honest I've still not figured out how to select the correct text from an article.

Give it a shot, if you're a Vi(m) lover, you won't be disappointed.

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01 August 2009 - 12:08 AM
I'm a huge fan of Vim and am going to install that plugin right now. Thanks for that.


01 August 2009 - 12:12 AM

UltraFlynn, on 1 Aug, 2009 - 06:08 AM, said:

I'm a huge fan of Vim and am going to install that plugin right now. Thanks for that.

After only a couple of mins use it's clearly something I'm going to have installed forever. What a great find. :)


02 August 2009 - 09:04 AM
I'd have to agree. Really good find!

Only downside so far is needing to use a mouse when going through bookmarks


03 August 2009 - 07:05 AM
nice nice!! :)


16 September 2009 - 06:47 AM
This seems ok.. Will try it maybe...
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