Sometimes I accidently put from the wrong register and end up hitting u to undo, but then I have to reselect the text that I was trying to replace. Is there an easy way to either reapply the put from the correct register or undo and restore the text that was previously selected?

  • gv will reselect your last selection.
    – paradroid
    Oct 13, 2022 at 4:04
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    @paradroid That looks like an answer to me!
    – Rich
    Oct 13, 2022 at 8:59

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When you put the normal register are not modified apart from the " (and * if you are using clipboard unnamed setting) register that are replaced by the content that you override.

To avoid that behavior some use the mapping:

xnoremap p pgvy

It restores the content of the " to the value that has just been pasted.

A more advance version of this mapping does it only if you have used the " register to paste:

xnoremap <expr> p v:register=='"'?'pgvy':'p'
  • :help v_P in recent Vim
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Oct 13, 2022 at 12:41
  • Oh nice. This should be a default mapping.
    – paradroid
    Oct 14, 2022 at 10:57
  • O that is an interesting approach to it! Thanks for the tip. Oct 14, 2022 at 13:29
  • You are welcome :-) If it solve your problem don't forget to accept the solution. Oct 14, 2022 at 13:34

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