I have just installed spacemacs recently. I press fd to switch from insert state to normal state, but it does not work.

The combination keys fd shown on the editor then disappear, but when I press SPC key, it inserts a space character in the buffer.

This is spacemacs behavior when I pressed fd
spacemacs behavior when I pressed <code>fd</code>

Is there any configuration that I missed?

  • I see you tagged the question with terminal-emacs. Does it work in the GUI application?
    – Dan
    Jan 25, 2018 at 15:58
  • It does not work in GUI emacs too.
    – D Nguyen
    Jan 25, 2018 at 23:17

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I just had the same problem as a newbie Spacemacs user. I discovered the problem was you have to hit the fd keys together very quickly (much more quickly than in Vim) or it doesn't take. Try adding this line to the user-config section of your .spacemacs file:

(setq-default evil-escape-delay 0.2)

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