Suppose I am on line 10, and I want to yank to line 20. Usually I will do 10y. Sometimes I do the subtraction wrong, and copy the wrong number of lines. Is there a way to copy directly from current line to line 20 without doing the subtraction?

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V20Gy, if I understand your question correctly.

  • You definitely do, thanks. Simple and visualized way Oct 5, 2016 at 17:28
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    This is a good approach, but visual mode is unnecessary. Since G is a linewise motion, you could simply do y20G
    – DJMcMayhem
    Oct 5, 2016 at 18:59
  • @DJMcMayhem, probably then with :set rnu even better to use relative movements with y20j? Less keystrokes (there is no shift needed), and there will be rarely more than two digits, meanwhile - in absolute mode line numbers can easily exceed four-digit and even more.
    – aring
    Oct 5, 2016 at 20:34

The :[range]y[ank] [x] command allows specifying the range through the normal cmdline range syntax.

In your example, you could use :.,20y to yank from the current line through line 20 into the default register or :.,20y a to yank into register a.

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