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I am using vi editor to edit file on the UNIX server. In vi editor x deletes a character and dd deletes a whole line.

Sometimes both x and dd work for me and sometimes when I hit x it just types in 'x' character. How do i switch back and forth between being able to type and using UNIX shortcuts?
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Hit <ESC> for command mode, <i> for insert mode, <r> for replace mode, <ESC>: to go to command line.
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Sorry, <R> for replace mode.
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Thanks!
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