An example:

Doe, John  

And I want:

John Doe

I cut Doe with D, and then 0 and then p

But what I get is this:

DJohn oe,  

How to do this right?

  • 1
    I do not fully understand your example. you cuttet John not Doe did you ? Your pasting problems seems to be a matter of using p instead you should use P to paste before.
    – B.G.
    Commented Mar 10, 2017 at 7:16
  • That is it. And I made a mistake. The cut should have been John of course. Thank you for your answer. Commented Mar 10, 2017 at 7:47

2 Answers 2


Lowercase 'p' will paste AFTER the cursor. Use a capital 'P' and it will end up BEFORE the cursor. It will not, however, insert a space, so you will end up with "JohnDoe,".


Assuming you are on the "D", you may also dtJA,Ctrl+R, ", which will leave you with John Doe, with the cursor at the end, to delete the rest.

An alternative would also be s/\v(\w+), (\w+)/\2 \1/

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