My vim-using co-worker came by, and since he wanted to do something with files on my PC, I installed evil-mode to allow him to do this more efficiently (vim user trying to accomplish anything in emacs is a sad view). Now I've got a problem: I don't know how to quit evil-mode! I want to turn it off; how can I do that?

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You should also be able to C-z to enter normal emacs mode, and then another C-z to go back to evil.


Finally, I'm free! To exit evil-mode, you need to press : (so that you go into command mode, or whatever it's called), and input evil-mode, then RET. So, just input :evil-mode and press enter. Voila!

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    I just run evil-mode. M-x evil-mode toggles as expected. When you are in input-mode of vi (cursor is a vertical line instead of a rectangle) press ESC before M-x evil-mode.
    – Tobias
    Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 14:44
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    @Tobias unfortunately it's not the same for me. Both in insert-mode and the other mode, M-x works like Delete. Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 15:13
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    If you want you can delete the evil-mode-* folder in your ~/.emacs.d/elpa directory to remove it permanently.
    – PythonNut
    Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 20:26

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