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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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Copy entire line and paste it after another line

Let's say I'm at line 20 and I want to copy (and paste below line 20) just the line 50. I can do that with :50,50y , then paste with p in normal mode. I found this here. I want to know if there are ...
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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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Why is this appearing to select wrong number of lines?

First, I typed 2V to select two lines, and y to yank them. Then I typed 3V, and instead of selecting 3 lines, Vim selects 6 lines. Next I typed 4V and Vim selected 8 lines. It seems that 3 or 4 in the ...
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How to efficiently use the paste registers?

I often don't remember what was copied lately. So I don't know if I need to do <C-r>0 or <C-R>1 in insert mode. I tend to rely only on the * register, or type :reg, look at everything ...
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Is it possible to yank a column of text in vim without visual block mode?

Consider the following text file. 1 1 3 1 1 5 One can rank row 1 with the command y$ with the cursor on row 1, column 1. However, to yank the first column, the only way I know is to <C-v>3jy. ...
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Quick paste via single keybind

As I understand, the default cursor looks like this: ▉ block. Currently I have these related settings: set guicursor=c-n-i-v:ver25-blinkoff0 And ver25 makes the cursor look and behave as if only ...
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Multiline paste with relative columns alignment

When I have some text indented as follows (like a and b variables assignment): if(condition) a = 1; b = 2; end and I want to paste a and b block somewhere outside of the if block, i.e just ...
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How to copy lines with line numbers?

I would like to copy several lines with line numbers; the text from set number isn't copied. Is there any way to do this?
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Vi: * and + registers do not exist

I'm unable to use the system clipboard in Vim. I'm using ssh to connect to an EC2 instance running Ubuntu 18.04. I'm fairly sure that this has to do with neither the * or the + register showing up in ...
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How to copy file and line info from vim to gdb?

For setting breakpoints, I was wondering if there is any way to copy the location of a line in a file opened in vim, to gdb rather than typing the whole file path and linenumber in the gdb shell?
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How to paste several lines to a new buffer without extra empty line?

Suppose you have 5 lines in current buffer among others. You yank them using 5Y, make a new buffer with e.g. tabe, and try to paste these 5 lines so that they are the only thing the new buffer would ...
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How to paste the clipboard selection when it was populated with a yank in Vim started from the st terminal?

If I yank some text in the clipboard selection from Vim (e.g. "+yiw), then quit Vim, I can't paste it in st. Here's a MWE: $ git clone https://git.suckless.org/st $ cd st $ make $ ./st $ echo foo | ...
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How does deleting words with `d[number]w` work?

If my cursor is between the words "because" and "and" in the following text, typing d2w in command mode deletes everything in between "because" and "su without". because and su without After ...
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How to copy and paste arguments into function parenthesis?

I constantly need to copy existing variable names or expressions as arguments for my current typing function: // int TyrionLannister; int JonSnow; ... int AryaStark; ... // int DaenerysTargaryen;...
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paste doesn't work in visual mode with `clipboard+=unnamed`

I am running VIM 8.1 with MacVim on MacOS. If I set clipboard+=unnamed, then when I click p in visual mode, it simply copies the currently selected text into "* and "+. If I remove this and restart ...
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WORD movement across lines

Consider the following text snippet: value1, value2 Now, if the cursor is at (1,1) (the 'v' of value1), W takes me to (2,5) (the 'v' of value2) which is as expected. But if I do dW at the same ...
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How omit text between and including matching characters?

If I have a text containing markdown matching markings e.g. "Strikethrough uses two tildes. ~~Scratch this.~~" What would be a good way to delete all those occurrences such as - in this example - "~...
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How to copy up to the cursor without including the charater under the cursor

Like you would in virtually any application editing text. For example: this is a big sentence so I can explain ^ ^ start of selection my cursor is here I'd like to ...
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Cannot seem to copy paste - using gg > yG [duplicate]

Screen attached of two terminal windows: I would like to copy the 3 lines on the left and drop them into the window on the right. Tried gg to go to the top then yG. I get a message '3 lines yanked' ...
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Paste mode sometimes inserting “<Paste>”

Sometimes when I paste (via cmd+v) some text into neovim, it inserts <Paste> at the bottom, i.e: This was pasted and I got some bonus letters <Paste> I can't figure where this text comes ...
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Blockwise pasting from "+ register not working

UPDATE: I run an X server (XQuartz 2.7.11) on MacOS, which I forward via ssh to any Linux machine I use. The problem seems to be that under XQuartz, the "+ register does not support blockwise yanking/...
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Can I define something in .vimrc to speed up pasting of large amounts of data?

Occasionally, I paste large amounts of data into vim, using Ctrl+v in my terminal emulator (in Linux). This takes several seconds before vim is responsive again. I have tried two other methods, which ...
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Cursor position after pasting

I believe the default behaviour in vi(m) for pasting (p) or (P) was to leave the cursor at the current position as before pasting, and in order to paste a register and have the cursor be at the end of ...
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How do I delete the end-of-line to the right of my cursor?

Say I have the following text open in vi: Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text [CURSOR] of the printing and ... The cursor position is denoted by [CURSOR] How can I delete the end-of-line that follows ...
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Repeat last yank

I'm appending text to "a" register with:"AyW. If I wanted to repeat last change I would use:. But in this case I would like to repeat the last yank command. Is there a command to repeat the last yank (...
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Vim: Replace visual selection without overwriting the unnamed register

How do I replace a visual selection with some register content without overwriting the unnamed ("") register by the visual selection? The question https://stackoverflow.com/questions/3837772/vim-...
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Update OS enviroment variables from inside VIM

I use vim inside tmux over an ssh session and I often run into the issue where the $DISPLAY variable gets changed, screwing up my copy-paste. When I log in, $DISPLAY gets assigned to something new: ...
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Copy and paste with breakindent set

I'm using breakindent to make long lines wraparound to the same indentation level as the start of the line. Unfortunately, with this setting on system copy and paste (in this case, out of the macOS ...
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How to yank a specified amount of lines in vim -E mode?

This is my first-post and question here so please be gentle (but also tell me if, it I wasn't specific enough etc...) So my questions seems rather simple to me, but still blocks me and I can't find ...
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Paste not working

File: 1111 2222 3333 4444 If I yyP on 2222, the system clipboard is pasted in, not 2222 as expected. However, :reg shows that 2222 was saved to register 0 and ". I expected it to save to th If I ...
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p (paste) but keep cursor same column

yyp pastes the current line underneath itself and moves the cursor to the start of the new line. If I start with my cursor on X: Ysiml yuipXedicious after yyp I get Ysiml yuipXedicious Ysiml ...
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Why can't I paste commands into vi?

I've been using vi for 40 years. A week ago I upgraded; Disaster struck! The upgrade was to VIM - Vi IMproved 8.0 (2016 Sep 12, compiled Mar 4 2018 23:38:28) I run this on xterm under Cygwin (...
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How to delete Chinese characters in Lisp code (solved)

EDIT. Cause of problem has been found: the problem only appears when Tamas Kovacs' Paredit plugin is enabled. I have a lisp file containing comments and strings written using Chinese chracters. The ...
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How can I overwrite a whole file with the content of another?

I have two tabs open, file1.txt and file2.txt, each with different content. How can I copy the whole content of file1.txt and overwrite file2.txt with it, resulting in both files having the same ...
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Unable to copy line with .co

Since dot (.) is the range indicator for the current line I was expecting :.co to copy the current line, but it does not do this. What am I doing wrong? In contrast :.w my_line.txt will write the ...
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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 do I remove first 2 characters of each even numbered line?

Suppose, I have abcd efgh ijkl mnop qrst I want to delete the first 2 character of each even numbered line. abcd gh ijkl op qrst
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How to disable bad indentation when pasting text?

I am using vim and simply want to disable auto indent when I paste text into my terminal vim session. I have tried numerous solutions including various incantations of below to ~/.vimrc: set nopaste ...
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Paste in normal mode ignores autoindent

When I paste something within normal mode, vim ignores autoindent. I copy and paste with y and p. As mentioned autoindent is on. It works fine when I manually indent or type something before pasting. ...
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Pasting from register to command line inserts ^M instead of new line

Say I want to search for multiple lines (or do anything with them in the command line). I yank some lines and enter search mode (/). I press Ctrl + r" to paste what I just yanked, but I get ^M for ...
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IPython %cpaste command freezes in Terminal mode

I try to use IPython's %cpaste to paste the clipboard content (Python code) to my Terminal which is launched via Neovim's terminal mode. However, if I paste long lines of code, it freezes, and does ...
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How to use a value stored in a variable in the command mode?

Consider the following function function! AbbreviationsOpen() "go to the first word of the last line normal G "store the word in the register named a let @a = expand('<cword>') ...
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Copy-Paste C# style function with attributes

I have the following function: [Test] public void Some_Unit_Test_Function() { // some setup-test-assert code ... // end of code } What's the 'vim' way of copying the entire function (...
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How to copy text with syntax highlighting?

Want a simple way, like notepad++ plugin: NppExport - Export to RTF, to copy selected text with syntax highlighting. Notepad++, NppExport, Export to RTF example: Select text Copy RTF Paste ...
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Vim: remember last two items highlighted, with toggle

In vim, when highlighting and replacing individual words, I use: viwy Then, I go to the next word and type: viwp The default behavior is to immediately replace the yanked word with the replaced ...
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Is visual model selection really faster than using mouse? [closed]

I don't mean to start an argument here. I am just trying to find the faster way. I have my monitor rotated 90 degrees, i.e., vertically. So when i code I can see more lines I found that using ...
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Why does VIM not copy the entire text inside the backticks in `\\sfdas\lsdfjla\` if I use `yi``

If I have a line say `\\sfdas\lsdfjla\` and I try to select the text inside the backtics using yi`, I expect that the entire text inside the backtics should be selected. However, it seems that in ...
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copy line XX and paste it below my cursor (avy / ace jump style)

I am wondering what the way of copying a line and pasting it below my cursor in vi/vim might be? Current workflow (copy line 21 and paste it below cursor): 21ggyy''p Is there something shorter like: ...
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disable clipboard: how to set clipboard option to Black hole register?

In some editing senario, I want to do a series of deleting, and do not want to clutter with the system clipboard, which I use an external program to management the history of it. The question is, ...
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Disable paste mode entirely

I get what paste mode does for you, but I have never found it particularly useful. I would like to completely deactivate it. I don't see an option to do so when looking at :help paste. However, I ...