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If I have a pair of quotes on a line by themselves:

''

...and a short paragraph of text, say three lines of text:

some text
that I'd like 
to move

Now if I want to move the text into the quotes, I can place the caret at the line above the first line of text and press 3, dd to select and delete them - but how can I paste them in between the quotes in the easiest way possible? The problem is that pasting them will add them on the line below the quotes, producing this result:

''
some text
that I'd like 
to move

Until now I've typically done something like entering a newline between the quotes, then pasting the text between them, resulting in something like this...

'
some text
that I'd like 
to move
'

...after which I'd remove the newlines at the top and bottom using shift+j. This works, but it feels clumsy.

Is there a better way?

Just to be clear, this is the result I'm trying to achieve:

'some text
that I'd like 
to move'
  • My initial thought was to use :help o_v for this, but when I tried to formulate a solution I kept getting thwarted by the exceptions described in :help exclusive. I'd be interested to know if there are any solutions using o_v that I just missed. – Rich Oct 18 at 10:31
9

When you paste the contents of a register in insert mode, you don't have the initial newline.

For instance, we have this text:

''
some text
that I'd like
to move

Place your caret on the beginning of the second line in normal mode and type 3ddaCtrl+R"Backspace:

  • 3dd: cut the three following lines;
  • a: go to insert mode after the selected character;
  • Ctrl+R": paste the content of the default register (directly after the caret, so without the newline);
  • Backspace: remove the last newline.

You get:

'some text
that I'd like
to move'
  • 1
    Thanks, that's a great help! I guess I'll have to look more into the details of using registers. :) – Kjartan Oct 18 at 7:52
6

Another way is to create :h characterwise-register to paste into ''.

place your cursor any place in the paragraph and do:

vipv$hd

move to first '

p

done.

  • vip select paragraph, :h ip is linewise, which means current visual mode is V.
  • v change mode to v, which is character wise, check :h v_v if you have doubt.
  • $h select until last character of last line, h is used to exclude trailing linebreak.
  • d delete into to register.

Update

@Rich mentioned v}ged in the comment, it's 2 characters shorter, it doesn't involve count, although you must place cursor at start of the paragraph, it's still a very intuitive and handy method.

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    I like it. I'd do V2jvg_d instead, but for the most part same idea. Actually, this also works: v3g_d, two characters shorter (for the Vimgolfer in me...) – filbranden Oct 18 at 8:46
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    @filbranden It's good to know g_, i have never used it. v3g_d is shorter, but it involves a count, count is bad. – dedowsdi Oct 18 at 8:51
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    If we're golfing (but also trying to avoid counts), how about v}ged? – Rich Oct 18 at 10:27
  • @Rich ge is another useful command I barely used, although it still involves place cursor at the start of the paragraph, I believe it's an useful style. – dedowsdi Oct 18 at 10:38

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