Edit GMail messages using Vim

Ok, why would you want to do this ?

Because you can.

1) Install this add-on which allows you to edit text areas in firefox using an external editor:


2) Install VIM


3) Setup the plugin to use vim (addOns->its all text addon->options)

4) make sure gmail is using “plain text” as editing – otherwise its not a text area, but some mad iframe.

6) Happy Days!


2 thoughts on “Edit GMail messages using Vim

  1. I have been looking for this since I switched to Gmail from Outlook a couple of years ago. It seemed unMicrosoft but a message received or stored in Outlook email was editable. I want to thank you so much for coming up with something that makes this possible with Gmail.



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