The contents of register w are xx. When I try to run the following command:

:for i in range(1,10) | if i > 5 | @w | endif | endfor

It throws an error saying that E492: Not an editor command xx.
How do I execute the macro?

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Use :h execute combined with :h normal, like so:

:for i in range(1,10) | if i > 5 | exe "normal @w" | endif | endfor

Short explanation: execute/exe runs it's argument as an Ex command and normal behaves as you would press given symbols/keys yourself.

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    Or in this case, just normal @w. Or normal! @w, in case you have @ mapped.
    – tbodt
    Commented Feb 15, 2017 at 17:25
  • For some reason normal @w didn't worked for me, but I didn't want to focus on that if using exe did the trick
    – grodzik
    Commented Feb 16, 2017 at 7:52

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