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I usually need to move/copy code snippets between my source files. After I paste a block of text, I usually need to apply some operation to that block such as reindenting them with =.

Is there a way to easily visually select the block of text I just pasted without doing it manually?

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The '[ and '] marks delimit the first and last line of the previously changed or yanked text. The `[ and `] counterparts delimit the respective lines & columns.

Using that, you could visually select the last changed block of lines with '[V'] and then apply the = command.

However, since a paste leaves your cursor at the first line of the content that was pasted, you could also just specify a motion over which the = command should be applied, in this case to the '] mark. This would be ='].

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This mapping allows you to reselect the text you just pasted:

nnoremap gV `[v`]

But you should have used [p and ]p instead.

See :help [p.

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    +1 for [p and ]p – lisowski.r Feb 3 '15 at 18:33
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Vim includes the following helpful mappings:

`[

and

`]

Which select the first and last character of previously changed text, respectively.

The following series of keys (in normal mode) will select the last pasted text:

`[v`]

For faster access, you could set up a mapping, for example:

nnoremap gp `[v`]

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