If I enter visual mode, select some text, then run a command or press a keybinding, it will exit visual mode afterward because it assumes I am done.

But sometimes I want to do multiple things with that visual selection.

How can I make Vim stay in visual mode unless I explicitly exit by pressing Escape?


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There is no in built vim option to leave it selected.

However but there is a way to reselect quickly

If it's indent related then these mappings might be useful

local map = vim.api.nvim_set_keymap
map('v', '<', '<gv', (noremap=true, silent=true))
map('v', '>', '>gv', (noremap=true, silent=true))
  • 1
    Same answer was given here: stackoverflow.com/a/4711096/11135136. (It also has a slightly better approach (using .) for indenting usage.)
    – 3N4N
    Sep 24, 2022 at 5:48
  • Thanks, I will fork Neovim and submit a pull request for an option to keep visual mode selected.
    – Amarakon
    Sep 24, 2022 at 15:00

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