# Using gVim Easy (also known as evim) Updated 2021-November-2

## News

2021-October-17  Published this evolving⁠[1] article.

## Meta: Why I wrote this

I wrote this because I help a lot of non-technical people with their computers and I want them to be able to use a Vim-encrypted file to store passwords and other secrets. My goal is to be able to point them to Infinite Ink articles that will help them to do that.

## Terminology

In this article, Vim means either terminal Vim (vim) or GUI Vim (gvim).

## What is gVim Easy

In regular Vim, you are usually in one of the following modes.

• normal mode (sometimes called command mode)

• command-line mode

• insert mode

• replace mode

• visual mode

For people who are new to Vim, this is confusing and often they can’t do anything because they are stuck in normal mode or command-⁠line mode and don’t know any Vim commands.

gVim Easy is a variation of Vim that…

• uses a GUI,

• starts in insert mode and hides the other modes,

## Launching gVim Easy

To launch gVim Easy, do one of the following.

• Double click the Desktop icon labeled gVim Easy n.m (where n.m is 8.2 or whatever version is installed on your system).

• At a command line, run evim.

• At a command line, run gvim -y.

## How to switch to the hidden command mode in gVim Easy

If you need to use a command — for example :X — that is not available in gVim Easy’s menus, you can switch to command mode by doing one of the following.

• From the Edit menu, choose Global Settings > Toggle Insert Mode.

• Type Ctrl+L (which is equivalent to Ctrl+l).

• Type Ctrl+O (which is equivalent to Ctrl+o).

 💡 In gVim Easy, you can sometimes get back to insert mode, by pressing the Esc key. This is the opposite of what the Esc key does in regular Vim.

## Endnote

1. Many Infinite Ink articles, including this one, are evergreen and regularly updated.

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