VIM: starting to type

When I want to start typing I press ‘s’.
which deletes the tab I’m on.
is there a way to start typing without deleting anything?

Just type “i” , you will be in insert mode and then all is good. When you want to go back to normal mode, use ESC.
Here’s a cheat sheet:
https://www.fprintf.net/vimCheatSheet.html

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