This tutorial has been written for both vi and vim. It starts with real basics, such as cursor navigation and ends with more advanced techniques like merging files.
For every section of this tutorial there is a short video with hints to help you understand how vim / vi works. Even that I have divided this tutorial into parts from novice to the expert user, there is plenty more what vim can do to make your work with vim editor easier and more efficient.
However completing this tutorial you will give sufficient knowledge about vim / vi and its features for your daily tasks.
Vim Novice level ( Vim Basics )
Moving cursor around
In vim you can move cursor around with following keys h, l, k, j which is left, right, up and down respectively.
You can move cursor around also with arrow keys, however this is possible only if they are available.
Vim was designed for all kinds of terminals where arrow keys may not be available for you. Moreover, once you get used to using vim with h, l, k, j you will move more quickly than using arrow keys.
Open some text file and try use above keys now:
NOTE: You do not have to create a file prior to execution of the above command. If the file does not exists it will be created. If the file does exists it will be opened.