Gaining proficiency

Becoming really comfortable and proficient with Vi requires an investment. The more editing commands that you have memorized, the more you will enjoy Vi and the faster you will be at accomplishing edits, particularly complex ones. Watching a skilled Vi user is like watching a magician do sleight of hand. Text disappears and reappears as if by magic. Like magic, skill with Vi comes from both practice and work.

To get started learning commands, a popular and extensive Vi reference card is available online in both pdf and postscript formats.