In VI, I know that if you do


and hit enter, you will jump to the line specified by "some_number". Is there an equivalent for jumping to a specific character in a single line?

Basically, I have a large csv and there is some characters that are breaking the parser; so I have to debug it.

I'm getting an error message that basically says "unexpected character on line XXX character YYY".

I know how to get to XXX but how do I get to YYY?

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    to go to line 300 , char 20 do: 300G20|
    – JJoao
    Oct 16, 2019 at 23:24

2 Answers 2


If you want the cursor on a particular column, the command n|, where n is the column number, and | is the pipe symbol, puts the cursor on the intended column in the line the cursor already appears on.

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    Also useful: t/T to go to the character before the given character, and ; to repeat the previous t/T/f/F.
    – Edd Steel
    Sep 21, 2011 at 17:19
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    And , to go in the opposite direction using the same previous letter. Sep 21, 2011 at 19:47
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    Just a note to readers after 2022-04-15, this has been edited so drastically, it's really no longer my answer. This has happened to me a lot. I'm about to delete my account, if that's even possible.
    – user732
    Apr 16, 2022 at 13:31

if you want to go to the 12th character on a line:


For the 6th character in the line:


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