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I ran the following sequence of commands:

V10jc

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:

V10j"*y

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

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  • What does " do here?
    – job_start
    Jan 5 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) Jan 5 at 11:07

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