Questions tagged [cursor-motions]

Commands that moves the cursor. A motion command is used after an operator command to move over the text that is to be operated upon.

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<esc>v$ without trailing space?

I want to use $ in visual mode but it always includes a trailing space (even if there isn't one on the line). How do I make it so $ only goes to the actual last letter?
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Is there a motion to select the comment block under the cursor?

One thing that I often need to do is reformat a code comment with gq or gw. For example, I often want to convert something like this: // Lorem ipsum // dolor // sir // amet int foo(int x) { ...
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EasyMotion — one OR two chars

It seems that EasyMotion suggestions using two different mapping to find a one- or two-char match. For example, I've mapped a two-char find and it prompts me with: Search for 2 characters: However, ...
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Different Deletion from seemingly equivalent motions

I have been learning vim for some time now and I am loving it but there is something that confuses me a little bit. For discussion proposes lets say that we have the following text foo.bar with the ...
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Why do I have to press the caret button twice to go to the beginning of the line?

When I press the caret button in normal mode, vim first prints a caret at the cursor position. Only with the second press of the caret button does the cursor actually move to the beginning of the line....
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What's the difference between a text object and a motion?

I've been using vim for a while and consider myself moderately proficient. I've also built custom text objects, primarily using the fantastic vim-textobj-user rather than natively, as well as using ...
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How to go back to the start of a visual selection?

I find myself often selecting text and then wanting to go to the start of that selection rather than the end. For example in the following: If I press esc, it will take me to the end of the selection,...
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Selector for line of text?

To grab a full word from anywhere in the word I can do: viw And to grab an entire line from start to finish I can do: V However, is there a section that grabs all text from the first char to the ...
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Does vim's ex command line support (readline-like) motions? [duplicate]

tldr Moving in ex command line is slow because common readline motions (like in bash) are not supported. Are there any improvements for this? I often find myself with an ex command in the command ...
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custom mapping to make dge consistent with dw, de, and db?

Situation Recently I was investigating the behaviour of word motions in vim and to me it seems like ge is grossly inconsistent with the other 3. Here is an example with ^ showing the cursor: word1 ...
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Unexpected behavior with feedkeys

Consider the following code snippet, which aims to provide y without moving the cursor. function! Yank_fixed_cursor() let save_cursor = getcurpos() call feedkeys("y", 'nitx') call setpos('...
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Delete to the end of a paragaph, including all of the current line

I'd like to redefine the { and } motions to operate "linewise" when used with the c and d operators. To be concrete, given the following: The quick brown fox j|umps over the lazy dog If I press d}, ...
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delete brackets and select region

Is there a quick way to delete brackets ( some string ) and then select "some string"? ds( deletes them (using the surround plugin). vi( selects but only when they exist. looking for normal mode.
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A quick way to restore motion after changing iskeyword

I want iskeyword to only affect completion. I need that in the case of Latex. I want \chi_{23} to be a single object. But it also makes \dosomething{crap} a single object which means I can't get to ...
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Change <up>/<down> to gk/gj in insert mode

I want to replace the default behavior of the arrows in insert mode, so that they behave like gk and gj, I have used: inoremap <up> <Esc>gka inoremap <down> <Esc>gja But this ...
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Is there a way to “move to the beginning of the next text object”?

Suppose I have a defined text object. For example, I have a ii text block which defines all the contiguous lines around the cursor at the same level of indentation or deeper. I know what it means to, ...
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Repeat last “change inside text object” command without the inserted text

Is there some way to repeat something like cit and be left in insert mode instead of automatically repeating the previously entered text? For example, suppose I have the following lines: <th>...
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Create a motion?

I find it very strange that I can't find this question anywhere... I made a mapping nnoremap <leader>C /\u<CR> to go to the next capital letter. I thought it would be useful to edit ...
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How to search & replace the word under cursor without changing position?

This question is related to Do a forward slash search but don't have vim immediately jump to the string? but is not a dup. I recently updated my Linux box (clicked on the "install updates" button ...
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Last char on the line is being “left out” in many situations

For example, wanting to delete the last 3 words from the current line, I press $d3b but I still have the last char from that line not deleted. Is that normal? Is there a better way to achieve what I'm ...
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viw breaks when i is remapped

I have the following in my init.vim (neovim): nnoremap i k nnoremap j h nnoremap k j xnoremap i k xnoremap j h xnoremap k j nnoremap h i nnoremap H I I find this arrow key-like configuration much ...
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Vim changing the text objects of " in a single line with less number of keystrokes?

Consider this situation, which I often follow in python and consider that my cursor is on the letter a of args: args = ap.add_argument("-i", "--texture", type = str, required=True, help="path of the ...
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How to go back after accidentally hitting H in visual mode?

While selecting in visual mode I often accidentally hit H or L instead of h or l due to having used Shift for some previous command (like e.g. V to start selection by line) and not yet released it ...
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Register CursorMoved on certain key press and disable when move to new line

I'm trying to write a function that will highlight searches performed with the f and F keys. I currently have a solution here thanks to @filbranden, but would like to further improve it to only ...
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Remapping motion keys [duplicate]

I recently found the awesome plugin named CamelCaseMotion which is awesome. I used their suggested mappings in my .vimrc for the plugin like this: map <silent> w <Plug>CamelCaseMotion_w ...
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How to end selection at an occurrence of a word?

Let's say I have this text with | as my cursor: <<<<<<< HEAD hi ======= hello ====== >>>>>> XXXX GGg| Now, I'd like to select from >>>> to say second=== or ...
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How do I get the text that is chosen by some motion?

I'm wanting to write a simple plugin that allows using a motion to choose some text and then processes that text. I'm trying to find out how to get the text that a motion results in. So far I haven't ...
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how to have a new line from within brackets

I normally write my functions this way public void test() {} to continue, I need to insert a new line from within the brackets, so the final output is this: public void test(){ // cursor is ...
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Different behavior when selecting quote blocks vs. selecting parentheses blocks [duplicate]

When I have a line of code such as: result = function(myVar); then I can delete the text "myVar" with the command di( only if my cursor is already positioned inside the parentheses. However, when I'...
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How to wrap a command which can handle a text object?

The scenario is that the plugin I use (iron.nvim) has a mapping crt which handle text objects. Ultimately, this mapping is based on a command <Plug>(iron-send-motion). I would like to create a ...
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Can I select and paste with a single operation?

Here's my use case. I have the following text: This is a [hyperlink](http://someurl.com). Now I want to replace the http://someurl.com text with a new URL in the default register (something I've ...
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How to create new operator by using existing operator with current motion?

function! OperatorFunc(type, ...) " how to call another operator with current motion? " do other stuff endfunction Is it possible to get motion text? such as get iw from yiw
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Why is the underscore command _ useful?

I'm a bit puzzeled as to why the underscore command _, which jumps to the beginning of the (COUNT - 1)th line below the cursor, gets its own key. When would I use this rather than + or ^?
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text object for highlighted text

If I have a file that contains this_is_the_first_underscore_phrase this_is_the_first_underscore_phrase I search for "first" /first and my cursor is placed onto the start of the word "first". I know ...
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visual line mode is ended by inner block motion

When I do Vi{y to select inside a { block and yank it, it doesn't paste how I expect. I noticed that after V (which puts me into VISUAL-LINE mode), the i{ object takes me into VISUAL mode. Here's a ...
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How does Ctrl-I works?

I have completely clean vimrc, no plugins, and the following test file: foo bar baz baz baz baz baz baz baz baz Now, I press / to start search, then type baz, press Enter, press n twice. It will ...
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Number in the beginning vs. number in the end

Yes, I know that d2e and 2de are two different commands and therefore works slightly different, though it's not visible to the eyes. Let's call them "number-in-the-middle" (nim) and "number-in-the-...
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Select characters in Visual mode (works differently than Normal mode)

I'm trying to understand the difference in character counting between Normal and Visual modes. Roses are red, Violets are blue, Sugar is sweet, And so are you. The task is to copy everything from ...
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Repeat previous square bracket command [duplicate]

I am using the ] commands (e.g. ]]) a lot and have a bunch of custom ones too. Is there a command that repeats the last such command, similar to how . repeats the last edit?
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(how) can I use di< / di> to delete inner block of xml

What would be the best way to delete / change the inner block of an xml element? I could use df< when my cursor is inside the block, i.e. when I have: <elem>foo bar<\elem> ^ ...
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Modify `iskeyword` for keyword-local completion only

Context Some time ago, I added the following line to ~/.vim/after/ftplugin/sh.vim to make working with parameter expansions easier: setlocal iskeyword+=$ This is nice to be able to e.g. ysiw" via ...
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Repeat complicated motions

I know that similar things were asked here several times. I know that to repeat a motion ; works. Unless it doesn't(in case there is count for example), but then repmo.vim usually works. And I know ...
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]m moves to class definitions not method definitions inside nested classes

I am editing a java file. ]m takes me from one class to the next, instead of to the next method definition. How do I get it to take me between methods? Example: public class Baz { public class ...
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Automatically jump to text object during `ci(`

Suppose my cursor is at the beginning of the line of code: def f(a, b, c, d, e): If I want to change inside the parenthesis using the text object command ci(, I need to first navigate to some ...
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Why is :execute required in this --remote-silent command?

Let's say I want to jump to a particular position in a file in an existing Vim server: This command jumps to the correct line, but not the correct column, leaving the cursor at the start of the line: ...
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Simplest way to delete a “composite” word?

Apologies if "composite" is not the technical term. I mean the following: Hi, I-am-a-composite-word and we are not I would like to delete only the composite word. In command mode, if I move the ...
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How to delete entire function definition (C style)

How can I delete the block int Test() { // } when my cursor is before int (or even better when it is anywhere on that line)? The shortest I could come up with is d<line>G where <line> ...
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Is there a text object or motion for non-comment lines are not separated from comment lines by blank lines? E.g., in git commit messages

Consider the text A B # C # D Is there a text object or motion that will select lines A and B if the cursor is on either, but not select lines C and D? ap or ip with the cursor on any of those four ...
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How to move a line onto the end of some other line

For example suppose i have 1 the cat jumps 2 over the moon I would like the result 1 the cat jumps over the moon In general how can I move line X onto the end of line Y. A solution that would ...
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Delete entire block, with the prefixes before the opening {

My problem Consider a code block prefixed with a few words (function name, for example). The vim cursor is in the middle of the prefix word. The line ends with a {, which declares a block which spans ...