I search a way to paste/merge 2 block of text

block A


block B


to this

apple tomato
pear beans
banana potato

I'm looking for an easy way to do this using macros.


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Visual block mode is a good route....

  1. Put cursor on "a" in apple
  2. <C-V> : we'll visually select the whole block...
  3. move cursor to banana, e.g. }k is good (line count agnostic)
  4. $A<space><esc> - this adds a space after every line
  5. gvd - gv recreates the previous visual selection, d deletes

Move cursor to "t" in tomato and hit P to paste.

This can be used directly in a macro.

Update: I just remembered that I wrote a fairly substantial answer to a somewhat similar question: Add a block of text to end of lines. It doesn't have an exact answer to your question like I've written here but you might find it useful/interesting.

  • I tried that but when I paste I end up with, is it something wrong with my paste command? tomato apple pear banana beans potato Jun 30, 2020 at 21:23
  • You pasted with capital P? Cursor first column, first line of second block?
    – B Layer
    Jun 30, 2020 at 21:25
  • if i use capital p it goes apple pear banana tomato beans potato Jun 30, 2020 at 21:26
  • I got it here... tks Jun 30, 2020 at 21:28
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    While that configuration's good for debugging problems it's not really representative of the most common setups. A better test would probably be to use Vim's defaults.vim as the sole config file. Just use --clean. Either way when I get a sec I'll see if I can reproduce what you're seeing.
    – B Layer
    Jun 30, 2020 at 23:38

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