Let's say with the cursor I'm on b in

def f(a=1,

and we want to delete the whole argument including the line break, so that we get

def f(a=1,

but without deleting the preceding character (i.e. it should also be applicable to deleting a...) What is the shortest way to do so?

I'm asking because in non-vim texteditors you could do so by selecting the whole line using shift+down arrow and then deleting the selection using del, and so far I have not found an efficient way to do so in vim, the best I could come up with is using visual mode: v, j, h, d

You can also imagine a similar situation with something like

y = a * xa + \
    b * xb + \
    c * xc 
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    If you're writing a lot of python, I suggest setting up black+ale and letting it autoformat on save. It saves me the trouble of doing it manually; I would just press D on the a character and then save.
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented Feb 27, 2020 at 16:45

2 Answers 2


You could do, DJx

D -> delete rest of the line
J -> join the next line
x -> delete the space added by join
  • Just a note that on the other lines, you don't need x
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented Feb 27, 2020 at 16:44

the best I could come up with is using visual mode: v, j, h, d

h is needed, because you've set selection=inclusive (this is default). To make the selection behave like in a majority of other text editors use set selection=exclusive.

Next, if you want shift+arrow to start the selection you should set keymodel=startsel.

Also, "delete" normally works the same way as x, so having set the two options above you should be able to do "shift+down+delete" to do the job.

So, as you see, the whole difference is due to the "unusual" default settings.

  • Thanks for your answer, but I don't see how you can use these commands for my purpose: In each case the whole line (including the preceding characters) is deleted. I am however looking to delete everything from b to the character before c in this example - is that possible with these commands?
    – flawr
    Commented Feb 27, 2020 at 15:53
  • @flawr If you want to make "shift+down+del" work then set selection=exclusive and set keymodel=startsel
    – Matt
    Commented Feb 27, 2020 at 15:58

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