Let's say I had a block of text...

Lorem ipsum
Lorem ipsum dolor
Lorem ipsum dolor sit
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet

...and I wanted to insert a . at the end of each line. What would the best approach be to achieve this?

5 Answers 5


I do the following to append text to multiple lines:

  • <c-V> - Enter Visual Block mode.
  • Use j/k to select the lines.
  • $ - Move cursor to last character.
  • A - Enter insert mode after last character.
  • Insert desired text.
  • <Esc> - Exit insert mode and finish block append.

When compared to writing :norm after selection there are even less key presses, but the real reason why I use this is because it's more instinctive for me to work on Visual Block mode for this type of changes.


On first line just type: 4:norm A.

4 and : create a range for you and then norm A. adds the dot to each line

Another solution for longer paragraphs could be: Vip<C-v>$A.<Esc>

The first step is to select the paragraph with Vip then you change to visual block mode and move the cursor to the end of each line with $ then you add the . to each line with A. and got to normal mode with <Esc> to see the change be applied to each line.

  • What is this :A command? I did not find it via :h :A Commented Mar 21, 2017 at 22:19
  • my bad. In fact didn't test the answer. I'm updating it. It should use the normal command just like @Kritixi Lhitos answer
    – rbernabe
    Commented Mar 22, 2017 at 0:38
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    Two characters less than 4:norm A. would be 4:s/$/.
    – Philippos
    Commented Mar 22, 2017 at 7:45

First you can visually select them using V and then use the movement keys to select the entire text (or if the text were strictly a paragraph you could do [starting at the first line] V}). And then type :. This should bring up something like :'<,'> in the command-line.

:'<'>normal A.

This executes normal A. on the selected lines. normal A. executes A. as normal mode keystrokes. This Appends a . at the end of each of the selected lines.


If you want to add dot at the end of all lines:

:%norm A.

or you can use search and replace:


% is whole file, $ is end of line

  • Since @vim.ryan asked for a block of text instead of the whole file, :1,4s/$/./ which substitutes last character with a dot on lines one through four inclusive.
    – rjt
    Commented Oct 14, 2018 at 13:42

To make it a little more general, you can record a macro on a single line, and then play it back on each line in your visually selected range.

Record a macro into a register (the q register in this example):


You can then visually select the lines you want to operate on:


And then play back your macro on each line (the range will be auto-filled):

:'<,'>norm @q

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