I ran the following sequence of commands:


but it seems like this doesn't copy the ten lines to my clipboard. So how can I do this?


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Vim uses registers to store text. It may be helpful for you to read :h registers if you haven't already, as well as the user manual (this is covered in section 04.7)

Assuming you are using a version with the clipboard feature compiled in (which the default vim version on macOS as well as homebrew has), you can use the * register. So for your visual mode selection you would do:


Note that this can also be achieved in normal mode without entering visual mode by doing "*y10j.

  • What does " do here? Commented Jan 5, 2021 at 10:36
  • The " is like: "select this register" (in fact you can choose the a, b, c, d, etc. register to copy your text) Commented Jan 5, 2021 at 11:07

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