I have cursor at first t and I want to delete all this code from t to };\n without counting lines. How can I achieve it? Is there more cleaner way than d/};$/e?

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If it matters, this is C#.

  • I'm not sure what you mean by "cleaner". You want to delete to };, so the search could be the good option no ?
    – nobe4
    Jun 23, 2016 at 21:31
  • if you have an empty line after the last line, d} is a good option.. else try d][dd
    – Sundeep
    Jun 24, 2016 at 3:43
  • How about 4dd? Jun 24, 2016 at 6:00
  • @KarlYngveLervåg I wrote "without lines counting". Jun 24, 2016 at 7:16
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    @nobe4, I meant way with less keys and more universal, e.g. Vj%d takes only five keys and is applicable for any length of code block and for code blocks without semicolon after } Jun 24, 2016 at 15:33

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I would have gone for v<down>%<right>d, or vj%ld if you're allergic to cursor keys.

Thanks to v we can go into visual mode and from here, it looks like an interactive mode to select something on which a command will be applied.

Note: As Tumbler has indicated, you could also have used V<down>%d which will neatly handle the last line.

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    You could use V for whole lines. That way the last ; gets deleted too.
    – Tumbler41
    Jun 23, 2016 at 21:36
  • Indeed, you're right. Jun 24, 2016 at 6:15

is one solution.


is another.

Whatever works for you, really.


dab` is for deleting a block. You can also use da{ for that to take effect.

In case if ; at the end is not deleted, you can press x to delete that character

  • None of your variants work. They both delete outside block. Jun 24, 2016 at 7:43
  • :O This is to delete inside a block. Can you press dd and then da{ and then x?
    – SibiCoder
    Jun 24, 2016 at 7:44
  • Of course I can. But this doesn't works with a nested block. Jun 24, 2016 at 7:46

A few solutions have already been mentioned and I would like to add one more that might help.

If there is a blank line after };, which I am assuming is not rare considering that its the end of a block, you can just do d} and that will delete till the blank line.

But Of course this won't work if the next line starts immediately without a blank line or if there is a blank line inside the block. I hope that helped.

  • This doesn't works if I have an empty lines inside parenthesis. I hope, some plugin (for c#?) could fix it, but I have to try a dozen before I find it. Jul 3, 2016 at 17:39
  • Yeah I know. } breaks on empty lines. You can probably create a text object of your own for C# if you did not find anything else. Jul 3, 2016 at 17:45
  • They probably did, but I have not learned vim enough yet :) Jul 4, 2016 at 19:06

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