I often find myself in this situation:

\foo{\bar abc \baz{def} more stuff}

and I want to change anything from the cursor position to the correct enclosing brace. In simple cases, ct} works fine, but not here, as it would yield

\foo{\bar } more stuff}

In other simple cases, when I am happy to change the whole content of the braces, I can use text objects, i.e. ci}, to change everything correctly:


But how do I get to

\foo{\bar }

ideally somehow using text objects (i.e. i}), so that it works well in general?


The ninja-feet.vim plugin by Tom McDonald adds this functionality to Vim.

With it installed, add [ or ] between the operator and text object to specify which end you wish edit: press c]i} to perform the edit you describe.

  • Unfortunate that it’s a plugin, but otherwise, perfect! – Joachim Breitner Jan 3 '18 at 11:05

when I do c2t} it seems to work, but this is assuming you know that it's the second bracket.

  • I was wondering why someone wouldn't just use the repeat command with . so that would be ct}. – Ibn Rushd Jan 3 '18 at 10:41
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    Note that you can do c2t} (change to the destination of 2t}) or 2ct} (change twice to the destination of t}) which will change how the . command will repeat your command. In general it is better to use c2t} as Ibn Rushd said I think it is more consistent. – statox Jan 3 '18 at 10:42
  • Damn my comment was 31 seconds too late :) – statox Jan 3 '18 at 10:42

If you don't mind having the retype the closing } would:


do what you want? Although I think I prefer v]} so I can see what it's going to change first ...

  • Nice! This seems like the best solution for the specific example. N.B. ]} is an exclusive motion (see :help exclusive), so you won't have to re-type the closing } if you use c]}, only if you use the visual mode alternative you suggest. – Rich Jan 5 '18 at 9:52
  • Is it? Oh .. it looks as though it's highlighting the } when I use v, but not deleting it with the c ... TIL etc. Thanks :) – Will Crawford Jan 5 '18 at 14:24
  • Yes! At least when it’s braces. I will reach to the ninja feet plugin since there are text objects like t (for HTML tags) where ] does not seem to work (or does it?). – Joachim Breitner Jan 5 '18 at 18:05

Use the change command, using search (/) semantics: "Change until the next occurrence of right brace":

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    That does not work, as the next right brace is not the next enclosing right brace. Also, for a single character, ct} is faster than c/}. – Joachim Breitner Jan 4 '18 at 0:15

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