Tips on what to remap `hjkl` to in normal mode? :D

Yooeddii,

I have become fairly good now at using f and / for searching and so I am wondering if anyone here has remapped hjkl to something fun and useful? I am trying to come up with something smart but it is not as easy as I thought it would be :stuck_out_tongue: If I come up with something good I will edit the post with my solution. Is there anyone here who has remapped hjkl to something else?

I’m not saying don’t do this, your vimrc is your vimrc, and who am i to say “dont’ change the defaults”… but I once went down the road of changing frequently used, common defaults and really regretted it later. one reason was that i needed to use embedded vims elsewhere and I could no longer use my muscle memory. I was often enough that it was quite annoying and so i went back to defaults and wondered why i even changed them in the first place. the defaults i changed weren’t “less efficient” or “harder” or some damn thing, i just suck at typing.

however if you do go down this route i would suggest that they still fit the mental model of hjkl i.e. horizontal/vertical. next blank lines (or scope or function) for the vertical movement on j and k, beginning end of line for h and l, would be an example. overloading hjkl and its shift, alt, control modifiers is fairly nice when they all share the same mental model.

1 Like

Thanks, this was a really good answer! I agree, I have to ponder this a bit more to see if it actually makes
sense. In most cases I’ll be able to use my own configs but you have a fair point.

@molleweide I would recommend this. As you don’t want to make a conflict between the keys and navigations keys in insert mode
(i.e. when you write “h”, instead of writing the letter you are going left :rofl: )

NB: The inoremap statements apply to insert mode, while the cnoremap ones apply to command mode

" In insert or command mode, move normally by using Ctrl
inoremap <C-h> <Left>
inoremap <C-j> <Down>
inoremap <C-k> <Up>
inoremap <C-l> <Right>
cnoremap <C-h> <Left>
cnoremap <C-j> <Down>
cnoremap <C-k> <Up>
cnoremap <C-l> <Right>

hmm this is also quite nice, l have to make sure i am using the binding somehow. atm I am also using kmonad which has allowed me to create a navigation layer on homerow if I hold down .

I know that you can also use Alt-hjkl. Do you know if it is also possible to use , ie.
ctrl and alt together??

<M-n> means Alt-n

inoremap <M-h> <Left>
inoremap <M-j> <Down>
inoremap <M-k> <Up>
inoremap <M-l> <Right>

yes but i meant holding down Ctrl and Alt at the same time so like a tripple key chord :stuck_out_tongue: I see also that I was unclear in my previous reply.

also what have you remapped hjkl to in normal mode?

another way to do alt would be <a-o> which is alt o. I don’t think you can do ctrl with other modifiers (you should double check this) but you can use alt and shift together, <a-s-o> would be alt-shift-o. Maybe multiple modifier capability depends on your terminal or something.

I use the default config

here you go. <a- also does the job of Alt too

\" In insert or command mode, move normally by using Ctrl + Alt
inoremap <C-M-h> <Left>
inoremap <C-M-j> <Down>
inoremap <C-M-k> <Up>
inoremap <C-M-l> <Right>
cnoremap <C-M-h> <Left>
cnoremap <C-M-j> <Down>
cnoremap <C-M-k> <Up>
cnoremap <C-M-l> <Right>