Many times in vim I would like to delete a line completely, so I use dd. However, I then need to paste that line into some other position within a line, but this inserts a newline before pasting, therefore, making it very difficult for me to get the desired result. For example,

while( pasteInHere )
    cin >> n; // Delete this line completely with dd

when I do this with the above code I get:

while( pasteInHere )
cin >> n; // Delete this line completely with dd

which is very far from the result I want...how can I suppress this newline behaviour, or use another method that does it very efficiently? I don't think d$ is good because I not only have to go to beginning of line, but if I want to delete the empty line too I need to delete it in another register, I feel like there should be an easier way! Thanks.

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    possible duplicate of Can I delete an entire line, except the line break? – EvergreenTree Jul 14 '15 at 20:37
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    it is not a duplicate, as I said I want a more efficient way then going to beginning of line, also I actually want to remove the complete line with the newline character....not just the contents of the line – fYre Jul 14 '15 at 20:42
  • Oh, I do see what you mean now. It just wasn't very clear to me what you were trying to accomplish. – EvergreenTree Jul 14 '15 at 20:48
  • 0D delete line except line break. And than gJ to join lines. Now you can put the text without break line and no empty line. – Alex Kroll Jul 14 '15 at 22:02

You can go anywhere in the line above the line you want to delete, then press JD and paste it with p at the desired point.

  • J joins the two lines and moves you at the start of the text you wanted to delete. This deletes a new-line character and the indentation of the line you want to move.
  • D deletes from the current cursor position to the end of the line but preserves the new-line character.

Hint: You can use :pu if you deleted with D or yanked with y$ and you want to paste with a new line.


Not really simpler, but slightly more efficient, and you can also create normal-mode maps for both sequence:

  • yanking: go to the line you want to move, then ^D"_dd
  • pasting: go to the word you want to replace, then viwp

You can achieve something that works quite well with an imap. Add the following to your vimrc:

inoremap <c-a> <c-r>1<esc>k$Jxi

This will create a mapping for CTRL-a that will paste the last deleted text (with dd or similar). If you prefer, you may of course use a different key for the mapping.


:h i_CTRL-R
:h quote1
:h J

This comes up for me a bit too, never thought to optimize it before but this mapping works:

nmap dil ^d$

dil is "delete in line", similar to diw, di", etc.


You can select the text you want to copy by pressing v and then take it into buffer by pressing y and then paste it anywhere by p. It don't inserts any new line.

  • True, but this still leaves a blank line. – muru Jul 21 '15 at 7:08

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