I have text bounded by quotes as follows

"This is
an example
of some text"

I want to join these into one line. e.g.

"This is an example of some text"

I have tried commands like the following:


However, while this matches the text I'm looking for, it appears to only join on the first line.

I think this is due to :g only working with the first line of the match. Is there another way to do this?

1 Answer 1


I found something on the Vim wiki that combines ranges with searches.

This command did the trick for me:



:g         (global)
/^"/,/"$/  (a range between a line starting with " and a line ending with ")
j          (join the lines specified in the range)
  • 2
    Note that we assume that every time we have a quote at the start of a line, it is followed by a quote at the end of another line. This was true for me, but may not be true for you!
    – daviewales
    Commented Feb 15, 2021 at 0:35

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