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IdeaVim - Version @VERSION@ for IntellIJ platform version @PLATFORM_VERSION@

This plugin attempts to emulate the functionality of VIM within IntelliJ platform based products. It actually emulates 'gvim' more than 'vim'. IdeaVim can be used with IntellIJ IDEA, RubyMine, PyCharm, PhpStorm, WebStorm and AppCode.

Resources:
Wiki: https://github.com/olegs/ideavim/wiki/About-IdeaVim-project
Homepage: http://plugins.intellij.net/plugin/?id=164
Automatic builds: http://teamcity.jetbrains.com/project.html?projectId=project55

Installation

Use the IDE's plugin manager to install the latest version of the plugin.
Start the IDE normally and Enable VIM emulation using "Tools|VIM Emulator" menu item. At this point you must use VIM keystrokes in all editors.

Disabling the IdeaVim Plugin

If you wish to disable the plugin, select the "Tools|VIM Emulator" menu so
it is unchecked. You must also select "Options|Keymaps" and make a keymap other
than "vim" the active keymap. At this point IDE will work with it's regular
keyboard shortcuts.


Changes to the IDE

Undo/Redo

The IdeaVim plugin uses it's own undo/redo functionality so it is important
that you use the standard VIM keys 'u' and 'Ctrl-R' for undo/redo instead of
the built in undo/redo. An exception might occur if you wish to undo the creation
of a new class. For this you must select the Edit|Undo menu since IdeaVim
doesn't support this feature. Using the built in undo/redo while editing a
file will result in strange behavior and you will most likely lose changes.

Escape

In the IDE, the Escape key is used during editing to cancel code completion
windows and parameter tooltips. While in VIM Insert mode, Escape is used to
return back to Normal mode. If you are typing in Insert mode and a code
completion window is popped up, pressing Escape will both cancel the window
and exit Insert mode. If a parameter tooltip appears, pressing Escape will not
make the tooltip go away whether in Insert or Normal mode. The only way to make
the tooltip disappear is to move the cursor outside of the parameter area of
the method call. (I would love to receive solutions for both of these issues.)

Menu Changes

In order to emulate the keystrokes used by VIM, several of the default hotkeys
used by IDE had to be changed. Below is a list of IDE menus, their default
keyboard shortcuts, and their new VIM keystrokes.

File
     Save All                 Ctrl-S              :w

Edit
     Undo                     Ctrl-Z              u
     Redo                     Ctrl-Shift-Z        Ctrl-R
     Cut                      Ctrl-X              "+x
     Copy                     Ctrl-C              "+y
     Paste                    Ctrl-V              "+P
     Select All               Ctrl-A              ggVG

Search
     Find                     Ctrl-F              /
     Replace                  Ctrl-R              :s
     Find Next                F3                  n
     Find Previous            Shift-F3            N

View
     Quick JavaDoc            Ctrl-Q              K
     Parameter Info           Ctrl-P              Ctrl-Shift-P
     Swap Panels              Ctrl-U              <None>
     Recent Files...          Ctrl-E              <None>
     Type Hierarchy           Ctrl-H              Ctrl-Alt-Shift-H

Goto
     Class...                 Ctrl-N              Alt-Shift-N
     Line...                  Ctrl-G              G
     Declaration              Ctrl-B              gd
     Super Method             Ctrl-U              Ctrl-Shift-U

Code
     Override Methods...      Ctrl-O              Ctrl-Shift-O
     Implement Methods...     Ctrl-I              Ctrl-Shift-I
     Complete Code                                (Only in Insert mode)
          Basic               Ctrl-Space          Ctrl-Space or Ctrl-N or Ctrl-P
          Smart Type          Ctrl-Shift-Space    Ctrl-Shift-Space
          Class Name          Ctrl-Alt-Space      Ctrl-Alt-Space
     Insert Live Template     Ctrl-J              Ctrl-]

Tools
     Version Control
          Check In Project    Ctrl-K              <None>


Summary of Supported/Unsupported VIM Features

Supported

Motion keys
Deletion/Changing
Insert mode commands
Marks
Registers
VIM undo/redo
Visual mode commands
Some Ex commands
Some :set options
Full VIM regexps for search and search/replace macros
Diagraphs

Not Supported (yet)
Keymaps
Various, less used (by me anyway), commands
Jumplists
Window commands
Command line history
Search history

Please see the file 'index.txt' for a complete list of supported, soon-to-be
supported, and never-to-be supported commands.
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