The CTRL-[ might be a not so favored alternative
once one gets accustomed to <ESC>.
If the "gVim" initiates in insert mode, it might be something changed,
for example the "cream" as I've once encountered,
which indeed changes the Vim behavior a lot.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Cortese" <chris@...>
Sent: Monday, March 29, 2004 9:40 AM
Subject: Escape key question for gvim on Windows XP
> I have used vi for 10+ years (along with a lot of Emacs and Xemacs) and
> on Linux for about a year. I just downloaded gvim to use on Windows
> I am tired of messing with Homesite.
> Right away I run into some trouble: The program starts out in Insert
> I hit [ESC] and nothing happens. I hit [Esc] several times and still
> nothing. I can get to normal mode only by typing CTRL-\ CTRL-N. When I
> search on Google for this problem, I see lots of messages about swapping
> [Esc] and CAPS LOCK keys. For now I just want [Esc] to do what it's
> supposed to. I am running Windows XP.
> Please advise. While I'm posting, is there a simple way to start reverse
> video? I imagine I will do customization over time but reverse vid would
> a good starting point.