Questions tagged [cut-copy-paste]

Questions about cutting, copying, and pasting text. In Vim, "cut" is also called "delete", "copy" is also called "yank", and "paste" is also called "put".

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How can I warn when a large chunk of data is about to be (unknowingly) deleted?

I would like a warning when a large chunk of data is to be deleted. I tend to use the mouse along with vim to highlight text (to copy or delete). I also use the mouse to scroll notes when I want to ...
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Waiting for a copy event

I have the following function: function _X() normal! gvy vs tmp normal!p ALEFix black normal! ggVG normal! y <------- endfunc Unfortunately, the y does not work. That is, ...
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Yanking range into register while ignoring blank lines

I’m trying to yank a range into a register while ignoring blank lines. My range is from line 10 to the end of the file. :10,$v/./"*y Looking at my registers in :reg I see that my text is not in ...
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Efficient ways of moving/swapping words?

In my current flow, I find that moving words is made slower by having to insert a whitespace, so I was wondering if there is a more efficient way Here are two use cases: how do I efficiently move a ...
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What is a quick and efficient way to cut and paste text with Vim?

I'm a new Vim user (using the Vim extension in VSCode), and while it's faster at some operations, I'm having a lot of trouble finding an easy way to cut text (copy and delete it), then paste it at ...
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Copy to clipboard or save to file substitution command

I'm trying to answer a vim question in U&L, which involves a very complex and long regex substitution. I would like to copy to clipboard the command, or save it in a file, so I don't have to make ...
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Deleting lines matching a pattern and put them into the buffer

I am trying to do this: deleting lines matching a pattern and then copy these lines into some other place in the file. :g/PATTERN/d does delete the lines but when I use p or P, only the last line is ...
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Copy lines and execute in terminal window

Edit a python file with vim adddf.py, and type vert term and python3, there are two windows in vim. cat adddf.py def add_df(df,number): import re new_df = pd.DataFrame() nrow = df.shape[0] ...
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mapping to delete and yank multiple lines e.g. d4y instead of d4d

In my vimrc I have nnoremap d "_d nnoremap yd dd to not save lines when I delete. Is it possible to create a mapping that when I press e.g. d4y it will cut 4 lines and save them into buffers? I ...
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Is it possible to copy/yank everything until a matching word is found?

Say I have a text like ... def my_function() do ... end ... And I want to yank/copy from def to end (including both def and end), so I can paste this block of text elsewhere. Is it possible to that ...
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How to copy the current value of a `set` option into the clipboard?

I sometimes need to copy the current value of a set option, e.g. set statusline, into the clipboard (+) to paste its value here. I know how to show the current value of a set option, e.g. set ...
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Recover cut text in vim

I've changed 2 pieces of text accidentally, by using C. Is it possible to access the previous piece, not the last one? (after getting out of vim) If I log back in, by pressing p it prints the last ...
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Copy text from terminal and paste to Vim while preserving text color

Is there a way to copy colored text from terminal and paste it as colored into vim? I am on MacOS, using iTerm2 Build 3.4.4beta3, and the following Vim version: % vim --version VIM - Vi IMproved 8.2 (...
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Yanking into register within a script is not working

Given a file like this: Roy Maurice Jen Douglas If I were to type the following commands: ggVj"zy, followed by :reg z, I would see Roy and Maurice. Now I want to yank Jen and Douglas into the z ...
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How do you disable automatically copying text when pasting over it in visual mode so you can paste the same thing multiple times? [duplicate]

Like the title says, if I have yanked some text, then select what I want to replace in visual mode, press p to paste, I want the original text still available to paste in other locations. I never ...
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How to bind <C-U> to <Cmd><BS> in vimrc?

I understand that <C-W> is backward-kill-word and I have bound this to shiftBS and it works. But now I want to bind <C-U> to cmdBS. Is this possible? If so, how can I do this?
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How to copy text to clipboard in visual mode? [duplicate]

I ran the following sequence of commands: V10j ⌘ c but it seems like this doesn't copy the ten lines to my clipboard. So how can I do this?
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paste in insertmode without indent i.e. `<C-r>*` without indent

I want to do :set paste, paste, :set nopaste in one keyboard shortcut in insertmode (<C-r>*) In visualmode, with vnoremap p "+p works with no indent. But in insertmode, this <C-r>* ...
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Delete/yank into multiple registers at the same time?

Is there a way to have y/d/c/x/s output into multiple registers at the same time - for example, "a as well as the system clipboard "+? I can do "aY"+Y obviously, and with Y it's ...
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optimise surround with quotes

I want to surround a word with quotes Here is my set of commands: ciw then when I am in insert mode, I type ' (I use the vim extension on Visual code so I get two ' I do not know if it the case for &...
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Delete up everything until searched term, including searched term

If the cursor is at t in the quick brown fox and we type d/brown, we delete the quick . Is there a way to extend this such that the searched term is deleted too? (Such that only fox remains.)
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Reliably saving and restoring registers across a function call [duplicate]

When writing functions to use in mappings and user-defined commands (for plug-ins), it's often convenient to use a Normal-mode command to yank or delete buffer contents. In those cases, it's also nice ...
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Yank a line without a line break or moving the cursor

I want to have a key binding to yank the current line into the system clipboard. My current mapping is as follows: nnoremap <C-y> "+yy However, this also yanks the newline. I often use ...
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Quickest way to put a single piece of text in multiple lines

Sometimes I have a bunch of lines, where there's a column clearly indicating some commonality between them, which in general doesn't go far beyond that column; this is an example, I think general ...
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make da( or dab remove lagging whitespace like daw

TL;DR: da( doesn't delete the following space like daw does. Can I make this do what I want easily? I have some sample lines (cursor is shown as |): 1. Sample line (extraneous| statement) in notes. 2. ...
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Need a functionality behaving like Replace on text but for Pasting Blocks

One of my vim usages is to do sketches of topologies in networking I've found the script Draw it really really useful for that So I can draw things like this by pasting these boxes +------+ |ROUTER| ...
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How to prevent cursor shift when using <C-O>{delete cmd} at the end of a line?

<C-w> deletes a (small-)word in insert mode, but I often want to delete the Word (to last whitespace) I've most recently typed. I tried inoremap <C-_> <C-o>dB which kind-of works -- ...
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How to quickly swap words (around pivot)

I have this: Alice --> Bob Dave --> Eve and want to change that to this: Bob <-- Alice Eve <-- Dave Changing from --> to <-- can easily be done with :s/-->/<--/, but swapping ...
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How can I make backspace work in visual block mode?

I hit Ctrl-v3jShift-ixEscape, and x is correctly inserted on the current line and in the 3 lines below it in the same column. Good. I hit Ctrl-v3jShift-iBackspaceEscape a character is deleted only on ...
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How to switch the order in which objects appear

I have a custom command in a TeX file which takes two inputs A and B, let's call it \operation{A}{B}. I want to find all of the instances of \operation where the first entry A starts with the string ...
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Inline paste from System Clipboard

I have recently started using Neovim on Windows 10. I use "+p to paste from the system clipboard. But sometimes I just want to paste inline before or after the cursor without adding a new line. ...
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How to copy multiple lines and paste multiple times under each line separately?

original below. I want to copy each line and paste multiple n times under their own lines separately. USD XYZ ABC YUT LMO . . . upto so on want them to become like this. Any way how can I achieve ...
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How do I copy the URL under the cursor?

In Vim, I can use gx in normal mode to open the URL under the cursor. Instead of opening the URL, how can I copy the URL? I am looking for something faster than entering into visual mode, selecting ...
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How to copy the selection to clipboard without the indentation that is relevant just in the full file, not in the selection?

With other words: How to copy selection without its root-level indentation? Example: How to copy this: a b c d instead of: a b c d I am using Neovim inside VS Code ...
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clipboard not activated

I installed vim from their github repo. But I cannot seem to copy paste with from the system clipboard. So, I explored a little and tried to install vim-gtk package which would enable the clipboard ...
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How do I enable copy/paste between vim and tmux in both two directions?

In a tmux session, I'm running vim in one pane and a terminal in another pane. Recently, I figured out how to enter visual mode in tmux but it doesn't help much now. Can I yank selected text from a ...
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How to paste text from other applications into Vim without incrementally indenting each pasted line? [duplicate]

I want to copy text from other applications into Vim, e.g. from Visual Studio Code, but the result is awful. In particular, each pasted line is being indented incrementally: Furthermore, visually ...
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Yank multiple lines without using visual mode

I have the text: abcd abcd abcd abcd my cursor is in the first line, and I want to yank the first 2 lines. Usually I would do it by pressing Shift+v, selecting the second line by going down with j ...
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Grep for a pattern using current visual selection on another file

I want to basically search for a pattern in the current file on another file, from vim, using the current visual selection. I know doing: :grep pattern otherfile works, but i want the 'pattern' to be ...
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Vim filter command not using line-wise selection

I may have seen this question before on Vi Exchange but I'm having trouble locating it while searching now. If it's already been answered, please let me know the duplicate and I can find that. I have ...
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How can I paste text appending it to the end of each line? [duplicate]

If I have file1.txt which contains the following: Line 1.1; Line 1.2; Line 1.3; and file2.txt with the following Line 2.1; Line 2.2; Line 2.3; I want to copy all the lines of file2.txt and paste it ...
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Paste clipboard data in Insert mode

I have learnt to paste clipboard data (something i copied from web browser using ctrl+c) to my current buffer in insert mode. It is much easier than doing that in Normal mode. To paste clipboard data ...
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Custom g:clipboard results in `p` always pasting into the same line

Background I use wayland and neovim and when pasting external text it would add ^M to the end of each line. This is a known "bug" (https://github.com/neovim/neovim/issues/10223) and there ...
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Text get weird staircase indent on copy

I copied this file to vim and enumerated items got weird staircase pattern indent. Why so and how can I prevent this text corruption on a copy? It seems that it happens not only with enumerated items ...
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Vim not storing numbered registers

I've read that Vim automatically stores previously yanked texts into registers from 1 to 9, being 1 the previous yank, 2 the second previous, and so on... But this is not working for me. Here is a ...
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Date change question: Find and replace with wildcards?

I have a file with a bunch of dates of the form a/b/c, where a,b, and c are numbers of varying character length. However, I'd like to change every instance to read c/a/b. I'm wondering if there is a ...
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How can I make Neovim actually delete something instead of copy?

I find very frustrating in Neovim and vim that when I delete a text to replace it, what actually happens is that it copies the last thing I deleted. I've tried with this line in my init.vim: vnoremap ...
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How to exit insert mode if pressing escape merely types “^[”?

I have neovim 0.4.2 running in a session of kiTTY 0.17.4 on OSX. I have pasted a long url while in insert mode. After doing this, every time I type BKSPC vim adds ^? to my document. Every time I type ...
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Yank visual selection with modifications in a terminal-buffer

Upon writing a code, sometimes I open a terminal split with :term to test it by issuing some commands and checking some output. As an example, this is a fragment of what I have executed in a split ...
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Append to current copy buffer

I am copying multiple lines from different parts. I can for example do 3yy to copy the 3 next lines. Then I would like to scroll a bit and add 5 more lines: 5yy and so on. At the end, I want to paste ...

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