I already know that you can copy something to the a register using: (plus a yank, delete, etc. command)


I also understand that you can append to the a register using:


In addition I understand how to copy something to the clipboard register using:


What do I type to append to the clipboard register?

My vim version:

VIM - Vi IMproved 7.4 (2013 Aug 10, compiled Jan 2 2014 19:39:59) Huge version with GTK2 GUI.

There is no normal mode command for that but you can simply append to another register and :let the clipboard register to the content of that register:

:let @+ = @A
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    Would I put that let in my .vimrc file? Jul 4 '15 at 21:24
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    Please note that let @+ = @A discards the type of register a. The correct way to copy registers is something like this: call setreg('+', getreg('a', 1, 1), getregtype('a')). Jul 5 '15 at 6:51
  • // , Does this actually append though? Dec 29 '15 at 18:19
  • // , Why do you list three "Ay commands? Dec 29 '15 at 18:20
  • It could have been four or twelve. Just an example.
    – romainl
    Dec 29 '15 at 19:35

You can call setreg('+', lines, 'a'), but as far as I can tell there is no way to do that with normal mode commands. You have to use one of the upper case letter registers for that.

  • Just using :let @+ .= 'XXX' seems to work? Jul 4 '15 at 6:56
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    @Carpetsmoker Yes and no. There has been a recent discussion about it on vim_dev and apparently you aren't supposed to do that, even though it may appear to work under some conditions. I presume it has to do with the register contents having a type (character / line / block), and string concatenation not doing the necessary bookkeeping. It doesn't make any difference anyway, it still isn't a normal mode command.
    – lcd047
    Jul 4 '15 at 7:02

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