Let's say I'm at line 20 and I want to copy (and paste below line 20) just the line 50. I can do that with :50,50y , then paste with p in normal mode. I found this here.

I want to know if there are ways to do it without that command nor using 50ggyy20ggp (in general taking so many steps).

  • I'm using 50ggyy20ggp but this is too long. Commented Jun 12, 2019 at 0:30
  • Still not sure what you want, 50ggyy20ggp doesn't involve visual mode.
    – dedowsdi
    Commented Jun 12, 2019 at 0:44
  • Mistake, I exchanged the words. Commented Jun 12, 2019 at 0:49
  • 1
    Doesnt :50y work?
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented Jun 12, 2019 at 1:35
  • @D.BenKnoble Yes, that is what I was looking for. Commented Jun 12, 2019 at 1:43

2 Answers 2


Copy line 50 after line 20


Change 20 to . if you want to copy line 50 after current line.

Move around and copy line after line 20:

Go to line 20, and mark it:


Move cursor to any line you want and execute an ex command :


:h :t is synonym for :h :copy:

:[range]co[py] {address}                                *:co* *:copy*
                        Copy the lines given by [range] to below the line
                        given by {address}.

:h :[range] is current line if omitted, :h {address} is mark m in this case.


While the answer with :t is definitely the most convenient way to do it, if you’ve already used :yank then a good next step is probably


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