I got some output code that has random backslashes, followed by a new line. For example:

( 1-z+z^11-z^12+z^22-z^23+z^33-z^34+z^37-z^38+z^40-z^41+z^43-

I want to remove all the backslashes and newlines so that it's all on one continuous line. I was thinking the way to do this would be to move the cursor to before each backslash occurrence, and then hit delete twice. Is there a way to automate this on Vim so it searches the entire document and does it for all cases? Thanks!


You can substitute nothing for backslash-followed-by-newline throughout your buffer:


See :help :substitute.

  • When I try using this, it says that there is no \\\n
    – Zach
    Jan 24 '17 at 15:14
  • Are you using Vi as opposed to Vim? If not, are you opening the file with the correct encoding?
    – jjaderberg
    Jan 24 '17 at 20:36
  • If you have trailing spaces use %s/\\\s*\n//g
    – laktak
    Jan 25 '17 at 20:32

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