I often copy to clipboard into other programs (changed to <leader>y)

is there a way to copy to the clipboard and delete once copied in one command?

For example, I want to press <leader>y, copy to clipboard then that line is deleted from vim.

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    What about just d? It's called "delete", but it actually cuts the contents to the clipboard
    – husB
    Apr 20, 2022 at 3:37
  • Hi @husB - it deletes with d but I cannot copy that content to outside programs.
    – Vinn
    Apr 20, 2022 at 3:45
  • You could use "*d to cut to the system clipboard or make sure the systeme clipboard is used by default by having :set clipboard=unnamed Apr 20, 2022 at 4:15
  • @Vinn, Ah, I see your edit now. I previously read "<leader>y" as "y", as the "<leader>" was treated as a html tag and was gobbled up. I have now edited your question accordingly, surrounding it with backticks. What is your mapping for <leader>y? Perhaps we can modify it for a delete mapping.
    – husB
    Apr 20, 2022 at 4:59
  • apologies for the confusion. I didnt realise leader didn't show up in brackets @husB
    – Vinn
    Apr 20, 2022 at 7:04

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Assuming you have set your copy with something like:

nnoremap <leader>y "+y

You can map "cut" to:

nnoremap <leader>d "+d

PS, it might be worth it to also map visual mode too:

nnoremap <leader>y "+y
xnoremap <leader>y "+y
nnoremap <leader>d "+d
xnoremap <leader>d "+d

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