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keyboard shortcut to insert text at the end of several lines of same length instead of 10,12s/$/pattern_to_be_inserted/gc

to insert the same text inside several lines in one particular line <ctrl> + <v> to select the line and then <shift> + <i> to insert a texte BEFORE the particular column. Is ...
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How to replace selected text T with some function(T), using a keyboard shortcut?

I want to annotate words /sentences for a "named entity recognition" purpose; inside a text file, I want to annotating words or sentences with this format [pattern](label): [a word where the ...
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Vim editor entities tagging/annotation tool

I'm looking for a word/sentence annotation tool/plugin to be used INSIDE vim editor. Specifically I'm looking for a cli tool NER (named entity) tagging. Any idea/suggestion/tip? By example, I would ...
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How to select non-uniform length strings from within multiple lines

Suppose I have this data: import { york1400 } from "./data/york1400"; import { york1430 } from "./data/york1430"; import { york1500 } from "./data/york1500"; import { ...
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How to diff a selected part of two files?

I have two files with some similar program functions in. But these functions are not ordered File 1: | File 2: function a | function c | function b | function e ...
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How do registers + and * interact with suspending Vim via Ctrl-Z?

As show in the following screencast, I see that using Ctrl-Z makes most recent written register of + and * overwrite the other one. You can see me doing the following: opening a file via vi -u NONE ...
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How to get current line string without visual selection?

I'm usually working with a file list for sorting/deleting/etc files, and I like to sometimes run arbitrary command on those files (which have either a full path or already present in current directory)...
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Caret `^` and `\%V` compatibility in Vim regex

Can the caret ^ and the sequence \%V be used to match the beginning of a line in a visual selection? And if not, what is the rationale? The following example seems to indicate that ^ and \%V are not ...
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How to multi select for the purpose of copy operation?

I can do a search to highlight multiple unrelated words that exist with: /word1\|word2\|word3 But this is only search, it is not "select" (for copy and paste operation) How to highlight ...
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How to move selected lines up and down? [duplicate]

Is it possible to move selected lines up and down? c = 3 a = 1 b = 2 I would like to select second and third lines and move them one line up, so that result be: a = 1 b = 2 c = 3 I know that > ...
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Can you do a jagged visual selection or jagged yank?

given some text like sadf_blahbalh_sdf sadf_abc_zzz asdf_yx_sdf and I want to block select from the 'b' of blah down to the 'y' of yx and then, for every line extend the select to the _ using ...
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How to grow/shrink a selection per tab?

How to have a selection grow/shrink as we tabulate, regardless of cursor position ? The selection can span more than one line. Kind of like this: For the tabbing I've got this part so far: xnoremap &...
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Key combination to delete without copying to clipboard/register ? (General) [duplicate]

What's the command/option/keys/function that performs a delete on a selection (in visual mode) without copying the selection to clipboard/register? I.e I don't want to use d or x as they will delete ...
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Select multiple words, one at a time, then replace them all

Goal: Select multiple words, one at a time, then replace them all. I'm new to Vim; I come from Visual Studio. I would like to achieve one important feature that helped me a lot in my productivity: ...
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How to perform an action on search matches?

How can I visually select all text highlighted by a search in order to run a command on it? And if it's possible, how can I capitalize the selection?
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How can I indent selected lines in Visual mode by space granularity instead of TABs?

How can I indent lines selected in Visual mode using space granularity instead of than TABs (i.e. < or >)? Sometimes when coding Python, I need to indent lines to a level that is not a TAB ...
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gvim swaping between underline and normal visual text selection in visual mode

I'm having a weird issue running gvim 8.2.1081 on fedora 32 using kde. When selecting text in visual mode gvim keeps swapping between an underline and the expected visual text selection while moving ...
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Visually select consecutive lines with the same starting string

This is mainly for working on multiple files in vifm (log1.txt, log2.txt, etc.) so lines can be assumed to be sorted, though this should work in normal vim/nvim. Let's say we have this: test 1 test 2 ...
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Put cursor at arbitrary line and column

Normal, insert, and visual modes restrict cursor movements to locations occupied by some characters. They don't allow moving to the right from the end of line and down beyond end of file. For example:...
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Is it possible to ignore J if only one line is selected?

Today I made a macro that involved selecting a few lines to join. The problem was that sometimes I only selected parts of one line and in this case two lines was still joined with J. Is it possible to ...
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Select text in block-wise visual mode on each line asynchronously

If I have text like this: cat = "john" leopard = "frank" tiger = "josh" and I want to select the first word of each line in block-wise visual mode, I want to be able to do something like this: put ...
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How to line-select a block within a back-ticked string

I've got the following code 1 const unrelated = 3; 2 3 const XYZ = styled.div` 4 display: inline-block; 5 position: absolute; 6 7 margin: auto; 8 `; 9 10 const unrelated2 = 6; With my ...
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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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How to do multiline non-rectangular deletion?

Here is a problem I am able to solve in Sublime in seconds but has me stumped in Vim: Given text like this: bob@bobshop.com Bob Potato peter@petershop.co.uk Peter Carrot thomas.cucumber@thomasstore....
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How to re-select a previously selected region in visual mode?

I often select a region in visual mode for properly indenting it. However, after pressing for example 3>, visual mode exits and the selection disappears. How can I re-select the previously selected ...
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Expanding region/selection for javascript

is there a way to configure https://github.com/terryma/vim-expand-region (or any other plugin) to work with js,jsx,ts,tsx files? I'm new to vim, I'm not sure what to do. The mentioned plugin is not ...
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Gradient color background for visual selections

In this video from Bisqwit, the selected line is colored by a gradient according to column number. Image is below. He implemented the gradient in a custom terminal emulator. Is there any way to ...
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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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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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How to start insert-mode completion from select mode using Vimscript?

I have some text selected in select mode. I want to delete it and start insert-mode completion. When I type these keystrokes into Vim it works perfectly: gvc<C-X><C-U> gv switches to ...
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How to vertically-block-select words of different length?

With other editors we can select vertical-blocks where each line has the same start column but not the same end-column. For example: print("", s.field1); print("", s.field_long); print("", s.f); ...
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