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1. Main Features

  • Open source
  • Highly customizable
  • Syntax highlighting
  • Split window editing
  • Helpful tutorials

2. Software Overview

gVim is an open source text editor mainly used to edit source code, but can be used to edit any text file. It is developed for Windows, but other versions are available, including MacVim (for OS X) and Vim (for Linux).

gVim performs many of the same standard tasks as other text editors, but it offers specific functions for programmers as well. The editor provides menus and toolbars for oft-used commands, but for complete functionality of the editor, you must type commands. The interface is highly customizable, which is useful for programmers who need to use repetitive functions and automate keystroke sequences. There is a wide variety of user-created plugins available that extend and add functionality to gVim. The text editor also offers helpful tutorials and user manuals that assist you in understanding its capabilities.

gVim is not a text editor for the faint of heart. In order to use the application, you should have some programming experience. If you do, it is an application that you can tailor to your needs. But if you just need to create and edit plain text documents, a basic text editor like Microsoft Notepad might be sufficient.

3. Supported File Types

Primary file extension:
.VIM - Vim Settings File
Other file extensions used by gVim:

Updated: December 14, 2014

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