I want a shortcut for evaluating a yanked expression and pasting the result after the cursor.

Suppose I've written i1+1<ESC>0y$$, now I'd like to paste the result of that, 2, after the cursor. Is that possible?

I can take that expression and replace it using bc, e.g. i1+1<ESC>!!bc<CR>, but that's not what I want (although it's quite neat).

I can evaluate expressions and insert them into the text using i<C-R>=1+1<CR>. I have set clipboard=unnamedplus so I could take my yanked expression and paste it with ctrl+shift+v into the i<C-R>= prompt, and then I pretty much have what I want.

Now then, how do I create a shortcut of that, i.e. of (pseudo) i<C-R>=<C-Shift-V><CR>?

If you know any other way of doing this sort of thing then that's fine too, thanks.

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    That works, thanks! I guess I'll see which register will make most sense to use, but anyway, using <C-R>. or other register inside the expression prompt was the key. noremap == i<C-R>=<C-R>+<ESC> was pretty much what I needed (I'll tweak it as I go along). Make an answer out of your suggestion and I'll accept it. Commented Feb 15, 2020 at 16:45

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You can use <C-R> from the prompt of the = expression to insert the contents of a register. For example, <C-R>" for the contents of the default register, which is where your yanked expression is stored.

This would work to insert the result of the expression in the default register:


You can also use <C-R>. for your last insertion (so you don't even need to yank an expression.) After i1+1<Esc>, you can use i<C-R>=<C-R>.<CR><Esc> to insert the result of the inserted expression at the current location.

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    ”=<C-R>”<CR>p is a tiny bit shorter/more direct than entering insert mode.
    – Rich
    Commented Feb 15, 2020 at 19:34
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    Nice use of the dot register!
    – Rich
    Commented Feb 15, 2020 at 19:42
  • @Rich Those right double quotation marks probably won't work well as a vim command if someone tries to copy/paste that sequence.
    – B Layer
    Commented Feb 21, 2020 at 3:32
  • @BLayer Ah the perils of browsing vi.se on my phone. Well spotted!
    – Rich
    Commented Feb 21, 2020 at 11:00

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