A common function I do in textmate or any other editor is copy some text and then paste it over some other text, for example: https://gyazo.com/fcef05504e83b608b583af085f92ecd2.

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Currently to copy a value I do something like yiw, however if I delete the next work, diw, it would also yank in that text, which I want to overwrite. What would be the best way to do this process, which I feel like I do all the time?

  • Does this answer your question? Performing certain operations without clearing register
    – Biggybi
    May 4, 2020 at 2:44
  • @Biggybi I don't think that one is a great duplicate for this one, since the way it's phrased doesn't lead to the p in Visual mode solution same as this one does... It's related and some solutions from that one will also work for this one, but I still think this one has a nice specific solution, so worth keeping it open.
    – filbranden
    May 4, 2020 at 5:03

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The easiest is probably to select the word to be replaced in visual mode instead of deleting it:


If you don’t like that, an alternative is to delete without clobbering your yanked text by deleting into the black hole register:


Another alternative is to delete normally, but then paste from the yank register, which isn’t overwritten by your delete:


See :help registers for more details on the above.

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