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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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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How can I copy over an ssh session without +clipboard?

On my local computer, I have the following in ~/.vimrc, which allows me use to the mouse (e.g. to select text) and to copy to the system clipboard with Ctrl+c. set mouse=a vnoremap <C-C> "+y ...
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Preview previously yanked text before put

I know that previous yanks are kept in numbered yank registers, a preview available with :registers. However this requires to keep a mental model which yank went where, with these numbers ever ...
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Paste a block in “replace” mode

This is best explained with an example: Start by block selecting some text: Yank and paste it somewhere else: Note that the existing x characters were pushed over to the side, rather than being ...
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Yank multiple lines and paste at end of lines

I have 3 blocks of text with the same number of lines that I want to merge each block by line. # block 1 [ Card "Skwortul" , Card "Scorchander" , Card "Seedasaur" , Card "Kapichu" , Card ...
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How can I copy text to the system clipboard from Vim?

Is there a way to copy a block of text to the system clipboard, so I can paste it in another program?
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Duplicate single char with the shortest keys combinations

Lets say I have "string" and I want to dupplicate the double quotes. What is the shortest way to do it?. I have done a search of double quotes using /". Then I navigate to the different occurences ...
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Problem copying form vim to system clipboard [duplicate]

I usually do this with "*y (from visual mode), but on the linux box I'm working with (lubuntu) when I press * after " in visual mode, vim doesn't insert * (it just ignores the whole "*). If I check * ...
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How to override netrw-delete behavior

I'm currently using Vim 8.1 on Ubuntu 18.04, and I would like to override the default behavior of deleting local files/directories 'forever' when using netrw. The doc says that this plugin uses a ...
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How does p really works as related to content put in registers?

I've read this question and answer already, however it could not solve my doubts. As far as my understanding is correct, p always has the same effect (putting the content of a register, by default ...
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Why do I lose what I copied with "+y after exiting vim, and how to change that? [duplicate]

The + register always worked weird for me but only now I noticed a regularity in the weirdness: after I quit vim I can't paste anymore, it's as if the clipboard was replaced with a blank. Why, and can ...
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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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Yank then Paste without moving cursor

I want to be able to: :42y then something like: :13p having it to paste the yanked line in a new line after 13, without taking my cursor away. So far, all solutions I have found involves going to ...
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Is there a way to paste at multiple locations/lines in vim?

I use :copy a fair bit. So like range :12,15 copy 20 will paste a block of text from 12 to 15 lines at 20th line. But when I want to paste a line at multiple places it doesn't work. For example :24 ...
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Difference between “* and ”+ registers in +clipboard VIM?

"*p and "+p seem to behave the same. I tried :help "*, but it's talking about mouse selection, and :help "+ tells me There are three documented X selections: PRIMARY (which is expected to ...
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Yanking and pasting while incrementing

I am editing a .sql file in Vim: INSERT INTO apps_forms (app_id, form_id) VALUES (1, 1), What I'm looking to do is yank the (1, 1), line and paste it 137 times; however, I want the second number in ...
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Cursor Movement in y8k vs y8j [duplicate]

Why does y8j not move the cursor but y8k does move it up? What .vimrc entry would prevent yanking upwards moving the cursor?
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Using :g to yank in quotes across multiple lines

I was reading through the vim wiki about the power of g https://vim.fandom.com/wiki/Power_of_g and would like to do something similar to :g/pattern/y A but a little bit different. I have an html file ...
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How to copy text to X primary selection only when visual mode is started with the mouse?

At the moment, if I use Visual mode, whenever I select a block of text using the keyboard it ends up on my X primary selection (ie the clipboard that is filled using the mouse). Even if I just select ...
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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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Move/copy range to start of current line

I just learned about the shortcuts that allow you to manipulate ranges, e.g. :+5,+10co. to copy after the current line. I wondered if there is a way to copy and move at the start of the current line? ...
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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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How to move a paragraph and paste it without an initial newline first

If I have a pair of quotes on a line by themselves: '' ...and a short paragraph of text, say three lines of text: some text that I'd like to move Now if I want to move the text into the quotes, I ...
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How to paste text after each line matching a pattern?

I have a file like this: int var; int f() { // Use of var } int g() { // Use of var } int h() { // Use of var } // ... I want to move my global var into each function to get this ...
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How to apply a register to a command?

I have the given file 4 apples 2 bananas 6 peaches 3 grapes 1 pineapple 5 pears 3 tomatoes What I want to do is to recieve the following result instead: apple apple apple apple banana banana peach ...
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Artificial indenting with shift+insert [duplicate]

When I paste via SHIFT+INSERT, vim create artificial indent per line. How can I paste without any indenting?
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visual block copying didn't work

I have the following lines autocmd filetype tex nmap <d-p-1> cha autocmd filetype tex nmap <d-p-2> sec autocmd filetype tex nmap <d-p-3> sub autocmd filetype tex ...
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Paste with space inserted before text

Is there a command to paste (p) text with space inserted before that text like in join? I don't want to achieve that by mapping. Normally p pastes text right in the cursor's position in Normal Mode. ...
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Overwrite current line with register?

I often want to copy a line and replace another line with the pasted copy. Is there a better way than Y on source line, go to the line that has to be replaced and Pjdd?
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How to copy long line from terminal buffer as it is without adding new lines?

I wanted to copy a public key from one machine to the other. I opened up vim and had two terminal buffers - one for each machine. In the terminal in which I had the first machine I went into normal ...
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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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copy or yank from line x until line y

I know about :yN for example , :y10 , yank 10 lines from current line. I need to yank from line 73 until line 81, How can I do it?
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Make vim support the Windows clipboard

I've found a lot of information online about this for Linux-Vim but not for the Windows-Vim (not gvim). Whenever I try to copy and paste something in Vim (using y and p), the copies I make do not ...
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Delete word around cursor and move to insert mode

My Problem Going from: To: I'm doing some editing (interactive rebase on a git repo, but the problem is generally relevant). The cursor is on a word (pick), and I would like to delete it , ...
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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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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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Vim on WSL: synchronize system clipboard? (set clipboard^=unnamed)?

While using WSL/Bash for Windows I want to be able to use y yy 3y and p the same way they always work in vim, but connecting to the system clipboard shared by all apps, not to vim's internal clipboard....
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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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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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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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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 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 do I delete a large block of text without counting the lines?

In vim, I often need to delete, or yank/put large blocks of text. I can count the lines of text and enter something like 50dd to delete 50 lines. But that's a bit of a pain. How can I delete this ...
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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 can I easily move a line?

What is the command (or shortcut) to move a line up or down in vim? My current workflow is to yank (copy) the line and than delete that line and than to put (paste) that line.

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