When I need to cut some lines from one file to another file, I always do the following steps:

  • Select the lines in file-1
  • :w >> file-2
  • Re-select the lines
  • d

This is super annoying if you need to do it for like 10 times.

So, is there anyway I can write the selection to another file and delete the selection in the same time?

Edit: maybe using gvd to reselect and delete is a faster option.

1 Answer 1


You could make it a one liner using a range:

2,3w >> b | 2,3d

And if you want to keep doing this with visual selection, you can select the lines and then use '< and '> for the range:

'<,'>w >> b | '<,'> d

Edit To address the questions in comments:

  • If the file you're trying to write doesn't exist you can use w! to force the command
  • The | character is used to chain commands (not unlike && in bash), you can read about it at :h :bar:

                            *:bar* *:\bar*
    '|' can be used to separate commands, so you can give multiple commands in one
    line.  If you want to use '|' in an argument, precede it with '\'.
  • As a command: command! -range -complete=file_in_path -nargs=1 Wd <line1>,<line2>write >> <args> | <line1>,<line2>delete _ Jun 25, 2019 at 21:11
  • Thank you, this works! But there is one issue: if file b does not exist, vim will return an error (E212: Can't open file for writing). Also, 1) Can you please explain what | do in the command? 2) typing '<,'> is not faster than reselect and delete with gvd.
    – Teddy C
    Jun 26, 2019 at 1:41
  • For error, use w! >>. The bar is a command separator.
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Jun 26, 2019 at 2:50

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