Vim does not quit in terminal by escape and q or x or qw keys
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When I've been editing for a while, and maybe got distracted, I habitually hit ESC a couple of times before trying something in command mode. Even if I may have already been in command mode. Habit. Doesn't hurt anything. And then you're sure you're in command mode before you start typing commands. Same thing when I want to go into insert mode after having been distracted. I hit ESC a couple of times before hitting "i" (or whatever insert command key I want). Nothing worse than thinking you are in insert mode typing text when you are actually in commnd mode typing commands. You will mess up your file really horribly and really fast in that situation!
As above, ensure you are in Cmd mode by hitting ESC once or twice (repeat doesn't hurt).
Now you can use cmds
:q # quit, no save (will ask to save changes if any have been made)
:x # exit with save
:q! # quit and definitely don't ask to save changes
:w # write current buffer to disk ie save any changes made up till now