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Visual mode is a flexible and easy way to select a piece of text for an operator.

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Duplicate selected lines programmatically

I'm creating a Vim script and a critical part of it is duplicating the selected lines. To duplicate lines, I have this mapping which works as intended: vnoremap <Leader>d :copy '><CR> ...
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How can I call function in visual mode

I want a function to change underline word to little camel for one line. When I use <shift+v>:s/_\(\w\)/\u\1/g, it work fine. And then I want to make a function to simplify it, <shift+v>:...
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Stop Vim from yanking visual selected text

Let's say I have a file like this (abc) (123) (456) I want to yank abc and paste it in place of 123 and 456. I would yi) on the first line. Then go down a line and paste it with vi)p. But for the 456,...
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Directly using keymapping inside a function

So, I'm usually used to making (decently) complex mapping, and sometimes, I'd like to run mapping on very specific conditions. Let's take for example a simple premise: first line second ... long text ...
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Insert ordered list in visual mode? [duplicate]

In visual (or visual block) mode, how do I insert an ordered list? For example, convert foo bar baz quux corge grault garply waldo fred plugh xyzzy thud to 1. foo bar baz quux 2. corge grault ...
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Run macro on visual selection only. [Evaluate an Iterator to consecutive numbers]

How can we run the macro on only the visual selection? The macro that we want to run is / id: 1,^Mf1s^R=i^M<C-c>:let i += 1^M (where (as given in this SO answer) ^M happens to be the way vim ...
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Detect new visual selection with vimscript

I asked a related but different question here. I'm writing the vim-visual-history plugin that keeps a traversable history of previous visual selections. To detect the selections, I'm using: autocmd ...
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Vimscript: how to detect selection of a text object in visual mode?

I'm writing what may become a plugin that needs to know what is currently visually selected. To do it, I'm using the autocmd CursorMoved event to detect the creation of visual mode selections on the ...
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Visually select two words in Vim

Say I have a phrase is later found at and what to delete a phrase later found, then what I do would be In the normal mode, I put a cursor on l, and press vww. This will select from l to a of at. This ...
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Command to go to Normal-mode and Visual-mode (or exiting insert-mode) - pressing ESC without the escape-key

I'm working on a server, that I can only SSH into via a browser. In there, I have to edit some files. The problem is, that let's say I go to INSERT MODE and write some text. If I then want to go back ...
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Place visual selection inside of a variable inside of a command

I want to write a command that works with a visual selection, so I wrote something like this: command! -range Foo \ exec "norm \"ay" | \ echo "[" . @a . "]" ...
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How to select a whole line except beginning tab/space and last enter?

I'm dealing with the following text and want to select "abc def": 123 abc def 456_4 I've tried viw but it can only select a whole word isolated by spaces, and v$ starting with ...
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How can I detect which way vim is going into visual mode (from up to down or from down to up)?

This is related to better copy-paste multiple lines in visual mode where vim pastes after that visual chunk of code. I need to be able to detect which way vim is going into visual mode so that I can ...
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better copy-paste multiple lines in visual mode where vim pastes after that visual chunk of code

I want to select multiple lines in vim, copy them, and paste after that chunk of code (with cursor at the beginning). yp doesn't work because in visual chunk of code, vim pastes after the 1st line of ...
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Pasting from vim to an ipython terminal

I have an open ipython terminal open, and I'd like to paste the visual selection to it, with prepending "%cpaste" and appending "--" This is what I came up with function! ...
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Is there a modification to make the dot command work intuitively in visual mode?

This is a repeat of a question that I asked on the Vim subreddit but didn't receive a helpful answer for. I think that this should be do-able, but I'm not good enough at Vimscript or Lua yet to ...
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Is it possible to properly repeat a visual replacement?

It is possible in vanilla vim to: visual select some number of characters, e.g. a variable name in code type c to begin replacing selection in insert mode type a replacement (variable name) exit ...
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How to prevent Vim from clearing the system clipboard (:reg +) on exit?

After copying text to the system keyboard clipboard in vim, I'm unable to paste the text after exiting vim. I find this behavior frustrating, since I often copy text in files to paste it on the ...
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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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How to delete .yaml elements like maps or arrays efficiently in Vim?

I often need to edit huge .yaml files, where I need to delete entire maps or arrays. My current approach is to go into visual (line-wise) mode (Shift + V) and mark the lines manually, but that feels ...
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What is the `:'<,'>` in the command line?

When I press : from visual mode, the command line is pre-populated with :'<,'>. It seems to affect how my substitutions work. What do the characters mean and why are they inserted? How does :'&...
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How to make an user-defined command that works in normal and visual mode?

Goal I would like to create a command that can automatically put an x inside a []. This command should work in both normal mode and visual mode. normal mode If it is in normal mode, and the cursor is ...
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Visual Select Range of Lines and Sort IP Adresses

I have a mapleader macro to sort IP addresses and delete leading 0 in IP addresses let mapleader='ip' map <leader>ips :%s/0\+\([0-9a-f]\)/\1/ | %sort n /.*\./ | %sort n /\.\d\+\./ | %sort n /\./ ...
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Remove one level of all Vimwiki headers in a selection

In Vimwiki, a header level can be decreased, by pressing -. Is there a native Vimwiki command to remove a level from all headers within a visual selection? Keep in mind that Vimwiki supports a number ...
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Can I execute the make command only on selected lines?

Let's say I have the following script: sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade sudo apt install jq sudo apt install jo If I use the command :set makeprg=bash\ % | make inside Vim, the system will ask me my ...
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Chronologically store visual selections in a buffer

My goal is to enhance the usage of gv with counts, in order to access older selections quickly. Such that 2gv would reselect the selection made before the last. Vim doesn't have events for entering ...
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Understanding a vimscript function

I have the following function in a vim plugin: fu! HOLSelect(l,r) let l:cursor = getpos(".") if search(a:l,"Wbc") == 0 return endif normal v if search(a:r,"W&...
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Visually selecting from mark to cursor

How can I visually select the area between a mark and the cursor? According to https://vim.fandom.com/wiki/Using_marks I can yank this range by y`a yank text to unnamed buffer from cursor to ...
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How can I stop vim from automatically entering visual mode when I click into the PuTTY window with my mouse?

I suspect this is the same in vim as well, but fwiw I'm actually using nvim. For a long time I've used set mouse=a so I can choose to navigate my file with the mouse, if I so wish. What I've never ...
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"Visual around two Words"?

If I type 2daW, I can delete the current Word and the next (though I can't really see that case covered in the manual). Is there a way to visual-select around two words? I tried 2vaW, but of course (...
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Configure Vim 8 behavior regarding substitution in visual selection

When I select a section of text within a line, then indicate I want to substitute on that line with :s, the result is that the entire line is affected. In order to actually do what I intend, I have to ...
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Why \%V is not added in visual mode during substitution by default?

\%V can be used to restrict match within the visual selection. However, I can't think of a situation when one would not want to do just that in visual mode.
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Cause vi's visual mode to go in opposite directions? [duplicate]

If I enter visual mode I can select lines either up xor down, but not both. Is there a way to make vim do both? I'm particularly interested in this for purposes of searching, entering visual mode, ...
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How to remove periods within visual selections in a cmd composition?

I'd like to remove the period between the 6th comma and the 9th comma for the multiple lines of the following texts. Change from: 4,Afghanistan,2,Medium,1951,1951.5,4134.756,3705.395,7840.151,12.009 4,...
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Yanking into register within a script is not working

Given a file like this: Roy Maurice Jen Douglas If I were to type the following commands: ggVj"zy, followed by :reg z, I would see Roy and Maurice. Now I want to yank Jen and Douglas into the z ...
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Copy command on first letter of each line until end of file

Please forgive me, I'm relatively new to Vim. I'm editing my .vimrc file. I'm adding the following lines: nnoremap <up> <nop> nnoremap <down> <nop> nnoremap <left> &...
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Search and yank in visual line mode with execute normal

I have this in a buffer: aaa bbb ccc ddd eee with the cursor on the first line. I do :execute 'normal! jV/ddd\<CR>y' which I expect should result in the middle three lines yanked. But what ...
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Get visually selected text - weird behavior when last selected char is multi-byte

I have made a simple function to echo the visually selected text. The function is simplistic as I am only interested in max one-line selection. The problem is, if the last character of the visual ...
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Move cursor to end of visual block [duplicate]

When in visual block mode is there a way to cause to the cursor to switch to the end/beginning of the block? For example, in Excel this functionality is performed by the "." key. If the ...
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Pass visually-selected text as argument to script

I am trying to write a command that passes selected text to a shell script. The command works fine when there is no \n character in the selected text (using Visual mode). :vmap <Leader>tts 0y:...
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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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pressing keys in visual line mode will leave this mode?

I find that in visual line mode, if I press a shortcut to print the current mode, it will print n instead of V. Is this the expected behavior? My mapping: xnoremap <a-j> :<c-u>echo mode()&...
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Indent current line by one space or two space character(s)

hopefully this is not obvious, but: I know how to indent and unindent multiple lines via: 3>> (shift right) and 3<< (shift left). The shift width is specified with 'shiftwidth'. How can I ...
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Fixing tab and space inconsistency

I used < in visual model to do a shift+tab reverse for a code inside loop after I removed the try/except phrase. Now, I get an error: $ python clean_captions.py File "clean_captions.py"...
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Grep for a pattern using current visual selection on another file

I want to basically search for a pattern in the current file on another file, from vim, using the current visual selection. I know doing: :grep pattern otherfile works, but i want the 'pattern' to be ...
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Append single-line register to many lines

I have a file like ... one;line;with;many;data starter another_starter yet_to_end complete;line;providing;information ... and I would like to have: ... one;line;with;many;data starter;default;...
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How can I repeat a custom function mapped using `vnoremap` using something similar to the dot (`.`) operator?

I have this custom function in my ~/.vimrc mapped to Visual mode using vnoremap. After having executed the function using <leader><space>, how execute it again using something similar to ...
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<Cmd> doesn't seem to work in visual mode

The following command copies the selected text into the PRIMARY selection: vnoremap <Leader>c :'<,'>!xsel<CR>u But this way it doesn't work: vnoremap <Leader>c <Cmd>'<...
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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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