I want to insert a newline by pressing the return key, but keep the normal status in evil mode. In Vim, I can do this by nmap <CR> o<Esc>. What is its equivalent in evil-mode?

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I unbind RET, SPC and TAB (this one might be controversial) in normal state. This isn't strictly the equivalent, but works well for me:

(with-eval-after-load 'evil-maps
  (define-key evil-motion-state-map (kbd "SPC") nil)
  (define-key evil-motion-state-map (kbd "RET") nil)
  (define-key evil-motion-state-map (kbd "TAB") nil))
  • I only take what I want: (with-eval-after-load 'evil-maps (define-key evil-motion-state-map (kbd "RET") nil)) and it works. Many thanks.
    – harryln
    Oct 26, 2017 at 15:52
  • @harryln : if this solution works for you, please upvote and accept the answer.
    – Dan
    Oct 26, 2017 at 17:48

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