Vim is pretty great right out of the box but .vimrc settings are a simple way to elevate your enjoyment of vim and speed up your workflow.
:imap jj <Esc> :imap kk <C-N> :set tabstop=4 :set shiftwidth=4 :set expandtab :set autoindent :set number :set term=screen-256color :set pastetoggle=<f5> :colorscheme 256_noir
Just drop these lines in a file called .vimrc file and save it to your home directory.
This config file includes the 256_noir Vim color scheme. You can download the scheme here:
Drop this file here:
If this scheme doesn't work for you, you can omit the last line in the .vimrc file or download and use a different scheme.
As for mapping to jj, I can't tell you how much this improves my workflow. Being able to quickly type jj instead of reaching for the esc every time I need to enter command mode is invaluable.
This is just the beginning. My .vimrc file is over 100 lines. Let me know if you want me to share it. I hope this helps get you started. Let me know what you think.