I ran into an error message today that only specified the character number in a configuration file without making any reference to the line number. Rather odd. In any case, since Vim (and my usual preference, GVim) is an excellent editor, I expected this to be a cinch. Unfortunately, a few minutes of head-scratching later, I was still quite clueless as to how to accomplish this seemingly routine task.
I do know that typing:
will move the cursor to the 1000th line in the file.
There is also a line and character position display in the bottom right hand side of the UI. However, I was at a loss with respect to moving to a character position. Google was not helping. So I had to message a friend who replied with the following syntax. Typing
g, o, 1000
[minus the commas, of course ...]
will move the cursor to the 1000th character in the file. Rather neatly too.
Hope this helps.
P.S. as a bonus, typing 200x will delete 200 characters from the current position :)