Today I was trying to copy and paste multiple lines in visual block mode and found this excellent answer on StackOverflow showing how to do it.

Below is a gif of what I was trying to accomplish:

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When I tried this in my vim, it didn't work. But after I remove the set clipboard=unnamed from my vimrc, pasting a block worked flawlessly.

So, what the command set clipboard=unnamed does?

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    it's explained in :help 'clipboard-unnamed – Naumann Dec 10 '17 at 17:50

This question is answered at stackoverflow. It controls, how the clipboard register of vim is used.

Or you could always just :h 'clipboard'


Visual-blocking pasting with set clipboard=unnamed works for me in Vim 8 but not in Neovim. I'm pretty sure the issue you're describing related to this longstanding bug in Neovim.

Workaround from the thread that worked for me (Neovim 0.3.1):

Install nvim-miniyank and add this to your config.

map p <Plug>(miniyank-autoput)
map P <Plug>(miniyank-autoPut)
  • To add to jasonszhao's answer, if you are like me and dont wish to install a plug in just to fix this little issue, just specify a register when you copy and paste and it will work. e.g. "ay Maybe in 2030 it will be fixed. – run_the_race Feb 24 '20 at 15:19
  • In Nvim you need to use :set clipboard+=unnamedplus, from the documentation "To ALWAYS use the clipboard for ALL operations (instead of interacting with the '+' and/or '*' registers explicitly): > set clipboard+=unnamedplus See 'clipboard' for details and options." – Kerruba Dec 2 '20 at 10:36

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