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Visual block mode enables users to copy and paste rectangular text. This mode is useful whenever a particular text is pasted to be pasted in every part of a rectangular text.

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Yank across multiple lines with single line breaks

I can use the following to yank text inside of quotes across multiple lines, separate that text by a single new line, and be able to paste it characterwise. let @q = '' | *g/^/exe 'norm! "Qyi&...
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Visual Mode increasing numbers by 1

I have many rows with numbers, some rows are blank though: 1 some text 2 some text 7 some text some text 9 some text 11 some text some text 17 ...
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Paste in visual block mode

I would like to copy some text at the beginning of several lines. What I have is: line 111 222 333 444 And what I want is: line line 111 line 222 line 333 line 444 I know that I can add line at ...
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Searching for a visual block

Let say I have the following : .................... .###....#........... .###....#........... .###....#........... ............###..... ..........###....... ........###.#....... ..###.....#.....###. .....
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Keybinding to quickly update (aka prettify) React indentation

This is an example of the original code <Text fontWeight="bold" size="lg" color="turquoise.500">Use Search V2 Beta</Text> and I want a keyboard shortcut (say ...
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Pasting from system clipboard works bad in "Visual-block" mode?

For example: mode: Visual-block. In Gvim: Now, I want to paste the system clipboard, say "4", to the position, I tried "p", now it becomes (that's not what I want!): In Gvim: ...
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How to skip a line when using visual block mode?

I want to add cursors to all lines except the third, is that achievable? 1 2 3 👈 skip this line 4 5
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Replace every character on a visual selection with a register's character

I'll try to illustrate as clear as I can. Suppose I have the following text open in vim/nvim _________ | | | 9999 | | | --------- If select 9999 visually and then hit r8, this ...
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Edit multiple lines and insert

Say I have a text file: abc abc abc I want to change it to this: adbc adbc adbc My current way of doing this is to move the cursor to the b in the first (or last) line, select the column of bs with ...
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Jump *to* end of paragraph?

I often find I want to quickly select all the characters in an aligned column, something like this: this.p = obj.['propery']; this.prop = obj.['proper']; this.proper = obj.['...
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Paste in visual block mode without deleting the character under vertically multiple cursor

When I want to paste some text after selecting vertically with <C-q> It is known that Vim/gVim will replace the character under the cursor. For example, below is shown the result after pasting ...
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How to keep Vim from exiting Visual Mode due to mouse clicks while mouse=a?

Currently when I click somewhere in the terminal with mouse=a enabled, Vim exits visual mode. How can I force Vim to remain in Visual mode, and thereby use mouse clicks (not drags) to create a ...
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Cannot get block-wise visual selections in vimscript?

I am searching for how to get visual selection in vimscript. And I found this: https://stackoverflow.com/a/61486601/4438921, it is great, but the only issue is that, in block-wise visual mode, I ...
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How to yank while in visual mode without showing message?

When I'm in visual mode and I yank the selection (which has at least 3 lines), messages like these are shown: 4 lines yanked block of 4 lines yanked How can I suppress this so it won't appear in :...
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Selecting and manipulating around visual blocks

I'm particularly interested in what the presenter, Damian Conway, in this talk is doing as he selects the end of visual-block to effortlessly add quotes. In particular - what is happening around 36:57 ...
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How to add an integer number to a specific column in Vim editor?

I'm needing to add 184 to multiple (but not all) columns in Vim editor. The following command only adds 184 to the very first column, even if the second or the third column is the only highlighted ...
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Replacing text with a visual block

Here is what I want to do. Consider the text abcvvxyz abcvvxyz 123456 123456 I would like to copy the v block and paste it over the 45 block to get the following: abcvvxyz abcvvxyz 123vv6 123vv6 ...
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Insert a text selected via visual block

I'm facing a behavior that I find unatural when trying to paste a block of text selected with visual block mode (<C-v>): I can't insert it between two lines without messing with the already ...
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How to paste below, not to the right nor to the left

Question I think you see the problem... How can I paste directly below? Is there a way? Setup I have this table and I want to copy/yank the 3 × | in visual block mode and then paste it: | sign | ...
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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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blockwise visual mode multi line prepend doesn't work for me [duplicate]

I'm using nVim v0.4.3 and I'm having trouble getting multiline inserts to work in visual blockwise mode. You can check this asciinema to see what I'm doing. https://asciinema.org/a/...
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How can I have multiple cursors while entering insert mode after Visual Block mode?

Let's say I have some text: ipsum ipsum dolor ipsum dolor sit I want to add the word "Lorem" in front of each line. Loremipsum Loremipsum dolor Loremipsum dolor sit I can do this by: ...
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Replace arithmetic expression by their result

I am just trying to replace several arithmetic expressions inside a script file, which I cannot seem to find a simple solution for on the web. Adapting this answer did not do the trick. Suppose I have ...
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VIM - How to select multiple lines that are not adjacent?

If you have the following text: line 1 line 2 line 3 You can hit CTRL+v on line 1 and hit j to select line 2. However, I want to select both line 1 and line 3, but not line 2. Or, select multiple ...
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How can I highlight in visual block mode all text between two delimiters over multiple lines?

I have a tab-separated spreadsheet and I'd like to highlight in visual block mode by selecting a character, expanding the visual highlight region to the whole entry between the two tab characters, ...
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Insert non-rectangular selection

I repeatedly have the following situation, and wonder how it can be handled better than I do it now. These lines must be merged /path;text /path;text /path;text with these: /subdir /longsubdir /...
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How to selectively append to end of line using visual block mode?

I am trying to use visual block mode to append a , to the end of root_dir, where [] is the cursor. lspconfig.html.setup{ root_dir = root_di[r] } lspconfig.cssls.setup{ root_dir = root_dir } I ...
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Bulk file rename in Vim Visual Block Mode

I am using VIM Renamer plugin to bulk rename files, I want to replace E008_r5_Haz_Area_Class NAT GAS.pdf E009_r4_Haz_Area_Class.pdf E010_r4_Haz_Area_Class MP STEAM.pdf E011_r3_Haz_Area_Class.pdf ...
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Is it possible to perform a visual block selection programmatically using line and column numbers?

I've looked around in :help V but haven't found anything of this sort, but was wondering if there's a function I can call from vimscript that would visually select a region based on (row, column) ...
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How to center a block without centering its contents

For a visual block selection, the :center command will centre the contents of the selection, not the block as a whole. Is there a way to centre the block as a whole without misaligning the contents? ...
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`set nrformats+=alpha` but only in visual block

I want to be able to increment letters but only in visual block mode. I don't want <C-a>/<C-x> to increment letters outside of visual block. This is for making incrementing lists from this:...
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Understanding interaction between visual, autoindent, and paste option

Let's start form this faulty C++ source file #include <vector> int main() { std::vector<std::vector<int>> v{ 1,2}, 9,3}, 4,2} }; } which ...
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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 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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Yank visually selected text: Keep virtualedit & avoid left/right padding

I use Cygwin's vim & gvim. I used to be able to do as follows. Consider this file mk.bash, with no right-padding spaces: // mk.bash // ------- javac \ -classpath "/c/Program Files/MyJarFile....
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How can I insert text at the end of a group of lines?

Let's say I had a block of text... Lorem ipsum Lorem ipsum dolor Lorem ipsum dolor sit Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet ...and I wanted to insert a . at the end of each line. What would the best approach ...
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bad comment behavior in cmake files

When I'm editing a cmake file in (neo)vim I'm getting bad behavior block inserting comment characters. Given this section of text install_license_file( PACKAGE tomcrypt TARGET ...
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In Windows 10, WSL 2, Windows Terminal, bash and VIM, how to avoid the conflict of <c-v>?

With the newly released Windows 10 update 2004, we can run native Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) 2 and install Ubuntu 20.04 on it. Then we can run native bash inside the latest Windows Terminal. ...
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How do you change the last n characters for a range of lines?

Generally you can select a visual block for the first n characters of a range of lines, and just press c, insert characters, and press Esc to have it apply to all. However, this method is rarely ...
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How can I add text to the end of words on each line?

I have a series of single-word codes on separate lines in a text file. I'd like to add a backquote ( ` ) to the beginning and end of each word. I know I can add a backquote to the beginning of each ...
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Paste a block-copy into a single line

I need to restructure a markdown table, and for that, I wish there was a quick way to "join" lines from a multi-line cell. So with Vim, I would have to yank the block (Ctrl-v), and then ...
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How to delete and replace a block of text with spaces?

What I want to do I want to select a block of text in Vim, delete it, and replace the selected block with spaces. Example Suppose I have the following text: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, ...
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Discrete Visual mode

A feature that I love in VSCode is to be able to use my mouse to click at multiple points in the screen and type with multiple cursors. I am aware that in Vim you can do the same in visual mode, but ...
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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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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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Search and replace visual block only? [duplicate]

How do I search and replace in a visual block only? '<,'>s/search/replace/ works on entire lines, not visual blocks only.
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vmap and visual block: how do I write a function to operate once for the entire block?

I'm trying to write a simple function that wraps a visual selection of lines with Markdown ``` lines. Here's what I currently have: function! MarkCodeBlock() " Add Markdown code-block delimiters ...
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Swap characters, vertically

Is there a handy way to do this? My input: # A # - B Desired output: # - A # B My current solution is xjphxkP, which seems like a lot of keystrokes. I realize I could record a macro, but it ...
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What does it mean to set clipboard=unnamed?

Today I was trying to copy and paste multiple lines in visual block mode and found this excellent answer on StackOverflow showing how to do it. Below is a gif of what I was trying to accomplish: ...
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Inserting text at the beginning of all lines selected in visual line mode [duplicate]

I have selected a JS block such as following: function map(xs: string[], cb: Function) : string[] { const result: string[] = []; for(let i = 0; i++; i < xs.length) { result.push(cb(xs[i]));...