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 to copy N words under cursor and to right of cursor?

How can I copy continue close current into buffer without getting into visual mode? That is, how to copy N words from cursor?
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How to automatically perform a command after yanking text [Vim wayland clipboard]

I want to copy contents of the recently used " register automatically into my system clipboard after a yank command. The way I achieve this now is by nnoremap <C-@> :call system("wl-copy", @")&...
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How to delete a pair of parenthesis with backspace

I'm using vim to code C++ and I want to handle the parenthesis more easily. I knew that there was a plugin named Surround, which can help us but it is not what I expected. I set some shortcuts as ...
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Automating a yank and paste operation

If I want to copy and paste the next 5 lines and paste those 5 lines below the next 5 lines, I would do 5yy5jp. How would I use command to say something like 5yyp to paste the next 5 lines and ...
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Yank inside quotes of a range of lines to a register and separate them with a new line character

I would like to populate a register with the text inside quotes for a range of lines. The register should contain all yanked text separated with new line characters. Example lines: The "black" cat A "...
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Deleting without copying to clipboard in Windows?

Here is a typical workflow I would like to follow: copy some data from Excel spreadsheet into the clipboard in vim , delete the data in the file using ggdG then paste the data into the file from the ...
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Search and copy the text between two markers in gvim

I want to copy strings that spans across multiple lines between two markers in a large file. In the below example file, start marker is <ROW> and end marker is </ROW>. <ROW> &...
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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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how to yank from vim to system clipboard? [duplicate]

I'm using the latest version of vim 8.2.148 on the latest version of arch linux 5.5.6-arch1-1 with the latest version of Openbox window manager version 3.6.1. I have written a document in vim and ...
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Pasting text on Vim inside tmux breaks indentation

When pasting text into Vim without tmux, it shows a normal paste: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ...
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Delete specific character on previous line

I deleted lines in a file with :g/^\s*key3/d and now have a file like this: entry{entryname1, key1 = {text}, key2 = {text}, } entry{entryname2, anotherkey = {text}, yetanotherkey = ...
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Normal mode Backspace and Delete

If I have a file like this in Insert Mode (pipe is cursor): Sunday | Monday I can press Backspace or Delete to remove the empty line. However in Normal Mode, neither of those work. I have been ...
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Paste at cursor instead of below

If I start with this file: https://example.com <> and press ddp, I expect to get this: <https://example.com> but instead I get this: <> https://example.com What am I doing ...
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Is it possible to place marks at the end of a line?

Typical mark placement using m places the mark at the cursor. When the cursor is on the last character of a line, this means that jumping to that mark for the purpose of copying text starts the ...
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Paste append multiple lines

I search a way to paste/merge 2 block of text apple pear banana tomato beans potato like this apple tomato pear beans banana potato The lines have different length but same number of lines of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 receive the following result instead: apple apple apple apple banana banana peach ...
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Pasting modified register contents into Visual Block selection

Consider this mapping: vnoremap <leader>U ygv"=toupper(@@)<cr>p It will yank the current visual selection, select it back, and then put a modified version of it. In this case, uppercase ...
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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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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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How to paste yanked text over visual selection?

Yanked text with y, then v select some text, paste with p, but nothing happens.
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Allow pasting into all modes, not just insert [duplicate]

I use command-line vim in xterms (actually TERM=rxvt-unicode) and have long been used to allowing X to manage all mouse interactions, with vim remaining blissfully unaware of the difference between ...
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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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vim - how do I cut some lines of file-1 to file-2 in 1 step?

When I need to cut some lines from one file to another file, I always do the following steps: Select the lines in file-1 :w >> file-2 Re-select the lines d This is super annoying if you need ...
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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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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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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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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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