Whether you call it vi or vim, the longstanding Unix editor has a wonderful set of features that continue to make it a versatile and surprisingly powerful tool. Many of those features make it easier for you to get a lot of work done in a small amount of time. In today’s post, we’re going to look at some of the vi features that facilitate making changes to your text files — especially repetitive changes.

Numbering lines, moving text from one place to another, using auto-indentation, bookmarking locations, and making global text replacements can all save you a considerable amount of time and improve your focus when you’re working with large text files.

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