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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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How to read the starting/ending line number of my visual selection?

So what I would like to achieve is when I selected a block of texts using shift-v, is it possible to read the starting and ending lines' line number within command mode? (Something like we could read ...
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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. Is this possible?
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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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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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Is it possible to view a history of commands (per mode) executed in Vim?

I sometimes execute commands in Vim by mistake, either in normal-, visual-, or ex-mode and have no idea what was executed. Is it possible to see a history of executed command per mode in Vim? I know ...
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How can I fold some lines on opening a buffer?

I want to fold from "Copyright" to "CONNECTION" every time I open a .c or .h file, so I don't have to see it. The license does have newlines in it in my files, so selecting shouldn'...
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Is it possible to enter visual mode without changing the last visual selection?

In a script, I want to delete a rectangular block of text. For example, I want to convert this: ABCD EFGH IJKL MNOP into this: ABCD EH IL MNOP One way to do this is with visual block mode. Move the ...
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Is there a quicker way to replace the content in parentheses with the content yanked?

If I want to replace something inside a group of parentheses (like say a function call) with something I've yanked I currently do: vi(p this obviously isn't an excessive use of the keyboard, however I'...
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Visual selection on variable line lengths

Suppose we have something like, here is some text. here is some more text. here is. here is some. Starting with gg 0, how do I do something like v t. 4j so that I can replace text up to a . on each ...
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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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How can I quickly mark consecutive lines of the same indentation in Vim?

I often edit Python code that needs to be re-indented other otherwise manipulated through visual selection. Is there any way to visually select all lines of the same indentation in Vim? I know I ...
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How to store a region of text into a variable?

Suppose I have \label{some text} somewhere in my file and I want to store some text into a variable. Right now what I am doing to achieve this is to first visually select some text and then store it ...
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Clipboard is reset after first paste in Visual Mode

I am on Neovim. This is really annoying and weird. When I make a selection in Visual Mode and copy, then select a text and then paste, this paste only works once. For the next time, I again have 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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Why is `vmap` for both Visual *and* Select mode?

Vim has both Visual and Select modes. Select mode is similar to Visual mode in some senses, but different in that when a printable character is typed, Vim will replace the selection with that ...
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How to check whether a command is run with range or not?

For example, I have the following code command! -range Test call TestFunc() function! TestFunc() abort " if run with range " get selected content " else " get current word under the ...
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Comment-out in vim with Shift-i not working

To comment out a block in vim, I enter visual mode with v or Control-v, select some lines, then hit I (Shift-i). However, I takes me out of visual mode and into Insert mode (which makes sense, as ...
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Visual mode word behaves differently than in normal mode?

Say I have the text: This is a test! If my cursor is on the first character, "T", and then I do d4w, then I am left with just !. However, if instead I do v4wd then I'm left with nothing (i.e. the ...
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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 e.g. 3>, visual mode exists and the selection disappears. How can I re-select the previously selected ...
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Deleting comments from the beginning of selected lines

I have written a vimscript function to toggle comments on/off on lines selected in visual mode. The function successfully adds comments but freezes when I try to uncomment selected lines. The ...
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Trailing characters error in a substitution command

Suddenly simple find&replace stopped working in one particular case. I'm selecting the code-block in visual-mode, so the final command looks like: '<,'>%s/someStuff/stuff/gI I get the ...
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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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Visual/Operator-pending autocommand?

Last week, I turned off 'number' and have been using only 'relativenumber', plus a line/column count in my status line. I don't really look at line numbers that much. But now I've had a radical idea. ...
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viw breaks when i is remapped

I have the following in my init.vim (neovim): nnoremap i k nnoremap j h nnoremap k j xnoremap i k xnoremap j h xnoremap k j nnoremap h i nnoremap H I I find this arrow key-like configuration much ...
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'visual inner word' on single space does not grow selection

In visual mode, the iw text object 'grows' with repeated presses of iw, ie., viwiwiw... will 'grow' to select multiple inner words. However, this 'growing' behaviour is not seen when the cursor is ...
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Cursor Column in Visual Selection

What is the correct way get the column of the cursor after a visual selection was made? As a simple example, consider the following command. It takes a range and I am trying to obtain the column to ...
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Keep function “keyword = arguments” together when reformatting across multiple lines using “gq”?

One thing I find myself doing often is using visual mode to select a block containing a long function definition containing one or more keyword arguments, and then using gq to reformat the code across ...
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gq in visual mode indents just first two lines of enumeration

Some markdown as an example. I select the following paragraph in visual mode and press gq. The result is: - Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor ...

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