This is what I'm trying to achieve:



then pressing some key combination to get





I know this can be done with the autopairs plugin. In the docs they write that the default binding is M-}. I am using Vim/iTerm2/Mac, and I can't seem to figure out how to use the meta key.

In the autopairs plugin they let you remap another feature which is called Fast Wrap and is used to enclose a line with brackets. As you can understand, this is not exactly what I'm looking for, but even with Fast Wrap, which is mapped to M-e, I was not able to remap it or used it as is.

I googled and tried using the sed command in the terminal to see what the option key is outputting, then I tried to remap this output to M-}. Didn't work. Any ideas?

2 Answers 2


I don't think there's a need of having another mapping at all.

It's enough to press % once or twice to get on the right "paren". Then x$p and you're done.

  • Thanks, brilliant. I wish there was a cheatsheet for vim with all kind of handy stroke combinations like this one.
    – idankor
    Dec 7, 2019 at 9:27
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    @idankor Well, at least, xp seems to be in every "Vim tips and tricks" out of there. So "inventing" x$p is not a big deal.
    – Matt
    Dec 7, 2019 at 9:35

Maybe you can define another mapping for <M-e> mapping in insert mode. imap <M-e> shows that it is mappped to <C-R>=AutoPairsFastWrap()<CR>. So you can define another key map for that, for example:

inoremap <c-e> <C-R>=AutoPairsFastWrap()<CR>
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    Actually I found out that another plugin I have, vim-surround, can get me the line-enclosing functionality. But still my question remains for getting text to move inside a closed pair.
    – idankor
    Dec 7, 2019 at 9:15
  • Does the mapping above work or not?
    – jdhao
    Dec 7, 2019 at 9:18
  • Sorry for my ignorance, but is lower case 'c' the notation for the ctrl key, as the upper case 'C' is?
    – idankor
    Dec 7, 2019 at 9:22
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    yes, they both they represent ctrl. see :h key-notation inside Vim or Neovim.
    – jdhao
    Dec 7, 2019 at 9:54

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