VIM is not improved without custom configuration. It varies from a developer to developer but everyone will agree on having line-numbers.
But do you know that you can move between lines by doing following:
: +2 ---> Two lines Below
: -2 ---> Two lines Above
Because of this and because of the fact that Y/D J/K all goes with numbers, you must be interested in showing numbers relative to the cursor.
2. Highlight Current Line and Column
If you are working in tabs/windows, it is a bit frustrating to mover your cursor every time just to find where are you typing! Following two lines will make your life a bit easier.
set cursorline "highlight current line set cursorcolumn "highlight current column
3. Highlight Searches
Can you spot the difference between two searches? – Of course “set” is highlighted in the second screen. Here is how I did it:
set hlsearch set incsearch