Atom Text Editor another chance, after the long await 1.0 release. Of course, as a long time Vim user, the first package I installed was vim-mode, along with ex-mode to make me feel right at home. So far, so good.

Most Vim commands worked perfectly, even advanced motion commands like ciw or daW are working like they’re supposed to. However, one thing that bothered me was a weird popup that would appear every so often when navigating using the l key, as demonstrated on the GitHub issue that was filed regarding this problem:

"> Atom Text Editor another chance, after the long await 1.0 release. Of course, as a long time Vim user, the first package I installed was vim-mode, along with ex-mode to make me feel right at home. So far, so good.

Most Vim commands worked perfectly, even advanced motion commands like ciw or daW are working like they’re supposed to. However, one thing that bothered me was a weird popup that would appear every so often when navigating using the l key, as demonstrated on the GitHub issue that was filed regarding this problem:

"> Atom Text Editor another chance, after the long await 1.0 release. Of course, as a long time Vim user, the first package I installed was vim-mode, along with ex-mode to make me feel right at home. So far, so good.

Most Vim commands worked perfectly, even advanced motion commands like ciw or daW are working like they’re supposed to. However, one thing that bothered me was a weird popup that would appear every so often when navigating using the l key, as demonstrated on the GitHub issue that was filed regarding this problem:

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Christoph Wagner

Freelance Software Developer

Atom: Disable weird popups when navigating in Vim-Mode on Mac OS X

23 July 2015

I’ve recently decided to give GitHub’s Atom Text Editor another chance, after the long await 1.0 release. Of course, as a long time Vim user, the first package I installed was vim-mode, along with ex-mode to make me feel right at home. So far, so good.

Most Vim commands worked perfectly, even advanced motion commands like ciw or daW are working like they’re supposed to. However, one thing that bothered me was a weird popup that would appear every so often when navigating using the l key, as demonstrated on the GitHub issue that was filed regarding this problem:

Thanks to GitHub user @rastasheep, however, there appears to be a solution:

Mac OS X Lion introduced a new, iOS-like context menu when you press and hold a key that enables you to choose a character from a menu of options. If you are on Lion try it by pressing and holding down e in any app that uses the default NSTextField for input.

It’s a nice feature and continues the blending of Mac OS X and iOS features. However,it’s a nightmare to deal with in Atom if you’re running vim mode, as it means you cannot press and hold h/j/k/l to move through your file. You have to repeatedly press the keys to navigate.

defaults write com.github.atom ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false

Alternately, if you want this feature disabled globally, you can enter this:

defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false

In either case you’ll need to restart Atom for the change to take place.

Happy coding!