Say I have two windows open, and I would like to copy lines from the first window to the second window, and then move back the original window. I do this as follows:

<select lines in Visual mode>

I would like to map this to a key. My attempt is the following:

:map <F2> y :wincmd j<CR> p

It successfully copies the lines from one window to the other, but I can't seem to successfully make it jump back up to the previous window. How can I add this next part? The following does not work:

:map <F2> y :wincmd j<CR> p <ESC> :wincmd k<CR>
  • How did you manage to miss <C-w>p and :wincmd p when you read :help window-move-cursor?
    – romainl
    Commented Mar 17, 2016 at 16:03

1 Answer 1


Because you are in visual mode when you press F2, you need to map this key in visual mode, so you need to substitute :map for :vmap. But be careful with spaces because they move the cursor to the right in normal mode (see :help l). Here you go.

:vmap <F2> y:wincmd j<CR>p:wincmd k<CR>

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