Vim: Hard Mode
Vim script
Latest commit 110513d Dec 6, 2013 @wikitopian Merge pull request #30 from adammulligan/master
Also block display line motions

VIM: Hard Mode

Hard Mode is a plugin which disables the arrow keys, the hjkl keys, the page up/down keys, and a handful of other keys which allow one to rely on character-wise navigation. The philosophy behind Hard Mode is that you'll never master Vim's advanced motion and search functionality if you can fall back on the anti-pattern of fumbling around your code with the arrow keys.


To enable it:

:call HardMode()

To disable it:

:call EasyMode()

To enable it by default, add this to your vimrc:

autocmd VimEnter,BufNewFile,BufReadPost * silent! call HardMode()

You may also wish to add the following to line to your vimrc:

nnoremap <leader>h <Esc>:call ToggleHardMode()<CR>

With that line added, presuming your leader is still the \ key, you can toggle Hard Mode by pressing \h while in Normal-mode.


If you don't have a preferred installation method, I recommend installing pathogen.vim, and then simply copy and paste:

cd ~/.vim/bundle
git clone git://

Once help tags have been generated, you can view the manual with :help hardmode.

Project Authors

Matt Parrott and Xeross