Given this:

2022-07-28 Gå tur med Marvin
motion:rolig                           ...
motion:intens                          .

motion:rolig                           ...
motion:intens                          ..

inboxing                               .
folkets:support                        .

How to get from here                   to here?

how do I come from 'some' on the last line to the column with the periods without manually inserting all the spaces and without using tab characters?

EDIT: How to get the cursor from WORDs on the left to the column of periods on the right?

  • I don't understand what you are trying to achieve Aug 8, 2022 at 8:16
  • Sorry, I'm finding it difficult to explain my goal. I am simple trying to get from left to right in an effective manner, where right is defined by the column with periods on the other lines.
    – L Kiil
    Aug 8, 2022 at 9:34

1 Answer 1


You can put set virtualedit=all in your vimrc to allow cursor to be positioned anywhere, even where there are no chars, and then you can use the normal mode command 80| to move the cursor to the 80th column and start typing.

Or, with the cursor on the ., you can simply move down one line (with j) and the cursor will remain in the same column.

See :help virtualedit

  • 1
    Perfect. Exactly what I was looking for!
    – L Kiil
    Aug 8, 2022 at 12:09

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