Vim/Copy Cut and Paste

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Basic Copy/Cut and Paste

Copying

Copying is done via the Y key. Vi uses the term yank (thus y key)

In ecape mode:

Copy Commands
Command Action
Y or yy copies the current line
[count]Y copies [count] line from the current line
[range]y copies a range of line
 :0,.y copies line from the beginning of line until current cursor (not included)
yG copies line from the current line to end of file
y$ copies from the current cursor to end of line
y0 copies from the beginning of line until current cursor (not included)
yw copies from current position till end of the word
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:help yank

Cutting

By typing D/d instead Y/y you will cut the text and be able to paste it later.

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:help delete

Pasting

Once you have copied/deleted some text you can paste it with:

In ecape mode:

Copy Commands
Command Action
P paste text before the cursor
p paste text after the cursor
gP Same than P but leave the cursor just after the new text
gp Same than p but leave the cursor just after the new text
 :[line]pu paste the text just after line number
 :[line]pu! paste the text just before line number
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:help put

Advance Copy/Cut Paste

Using Multiple buffer

You can define multiple buffers to save the text you copied/cut

In non-range mode, you need to use:

"x

where x is the name of the buffer (AKA register) before the command.

In range mode, the syntax is as follow:

:[range]y x

So, for instance copying line 1 to 3 into buffer f:

:1,3y f

and paste it after line 5 with:

:5pu f

or paste if at current cursor with:

"f P
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