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4.4 Marking Your Place

During a vi session, you can mark your place in the file with an invisible "bookmark," perform edits elsewhere, then return to your marked place. In command mode:

m x

Marks the current position with x (x can be any letter).

' x

(apostrophe) Moves the cursor to the first character of the line marked by x .

` x

(backquote) Moves the cursor to the character marked by x .


(backquotes) Returns to the exact position of the previous mark or context after a move.


(apostrophes) Returns to the beginning of the line of the previous mark or context.

NOTE: Place markers are set only during the current vi session; they are not stored in the file.

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