I know there is a possibility to run a macro in multiple buffers using bufdo.

However, what I'm not aware, if there is somehow to use a "intercommunicated macro", e.g:

File 1:


File 2:


Some pseudo macro: ggD(move to buffer 2)o "^R"": "^R"",(move back to buffer 1)

The result of such macro would be (after 3 iterations would be):

File 2:

  "bun": "bun",
  "bar": "bar",
  "foo": "foo",
  • 4
    Any reason you can't just put :b2 and :b1 in the macro?
    – Tumbler41
    Commented Dec 15, 2016 at 18:52
  • Nooooo way ! Nooooo way. Damn, didn't even think about it ! Thanks a lot !
    – joaumg
    Commented Dec 15, 2016 at 19:03

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Just for completeness's sake (and so that this doesn't get bumped in six months by Community):

You can put a buffer command (:b) in macros. For your case:


Where "#" is the number of the buffer you want to switch to, ^M is pressing <Enter>, and ^R is pressing <C-r>.

See :h buffer for more info.

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