Want a simple way, like notepad++ plugin:
Export to RTF, to copy selected text with syntax highlighting.
Notepad++, NppExport, Export to RTF example:
It's a bit roundabout, but one way to achieve this with built-in tools is to use the
:TOhtml command to create an HTML file that contains the highlighted text, open that file in a browser, and then copy from there.
:TOhtml takes a range, so you can use this method to "copy" the highlighted contents of a visual selection.
:help :TOhtml and
:help 2html for details.
I found an email discussion about the same topic: http://vim.1045645.n5.nabble.com/convert-syntax-highlighted-text-to-RTF-td1177362.html
They also suggest
:TOhtml and also an alternative plugin to convert to html. And then they suggest pandoc to convert html → rtf.
And also found a vim plugin that claims to export to rtf: https://github.com/zerowidth/vim-copy-as-rtf
It claims to be OSX only but maybe you have that or can fix the code to make it work for you.
I'm not on windows, but @root described in his answer, that you can copy formatted HTML to clipboard with the command
scb -as (that's what I understood).
The following just collects @roots steps in a function. Put the following in your
function! CopyFormatted(line1, line2) execute a:line1 . "," . a:line2 . "TOhtml" %yank * !start /min powershell -noprofile "gcb | scb -as" bwipeout! endfunction command! -range=% HtmlClip silent call CopyFormatted(<line1>,<line2>)
Then restart Vim and execute:
I am using the following in gVim on Windows 10:
Record a macro that does the following:
"*y(yank to system clipboard)
:q!(close the TOhtml file)
:!start /min powershell -noprofile "gcb | scb -as"Start a minimized instance of Powershell that runs a shorthand equivallent of
Get-Clipboard | Set-Clipboard -AsHtml)
After running this macro and allowing Powershell to complete, I can then paste directly into Outlook 2016.