I'm using spacemacs in evil mode and I'd like to remap my escape key to the right arrow key (It's easily accessible for me due to a global remapping which is useful in another application). I had most success so far with either of these commands:

(global-set-key (kbd "<right>") (kbd "<escape>"))
(global-set-key (kbd "<right>") 'evil-escape)

However, there is one thing I didn't manage to get right yet. When I press, for example 'd', it expects another key (like another 'd' to delete the whole line), but pressing won't abort that key sequence. How can I achieve this?

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Set (define-key evil-motion-state-map (kbd "<right>") 'evil-normal-state)

The documentation for evil-scape is here: http://spacemacs.org/doc/DOCUMENTATION.html#escaping

  • I just did, it didn't work. But if I understand it correctly, it expects a key sequence, not a single key. How would I do that? I already tried ["<right>"] and (kbd "<right>") without success.
    – Shadowigor
    Jan 20, 2017 at 8:50
  • Try binding it directly as stated here: github.com/syl20bnr/evil-escape/blob/master/…
    – mclear
    Jan 20, 2017 at 22:11
  • you might also bypass evil-escape entirely and bind it this way: (define-key evil-insert-state-map (kbd "<right>") 'evil-normal-state)
    – mclear
    Jan 21, 2017 at 0:59
  • Unfortunately, neither worked.
    – Shadowigor
    Jan 21, 2017 at 23:22
  • So (define-key evil-insert-state-map (kbd "<right>") 'evil-normal-state) works for me. You might have to disable evil-escape first though. If it doesn't work for you then there is likely something else in your config that is inhibiting it.
    – mclear
    Jan 22, 2017 at 0:47

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