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Get More Done with These Copy Paste Techniques in Vim

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Copy pasting is an essential skill for any Vim user, as it allows you to quickly and easily move text from one location to another. In this blog, we will go over several examples of how to copy and paste text in Vim, using the itvraag.nl website as a reference.

First, let’s start with the basic y command, which stands for “yank” and is used to copy text in Vim. To copy a single line of text, simply move your cursor to the beginning of the line and type yy. For example:

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To copy the above line, we would move our cursor to the beginning of the line and type yy.

Now, let’s say we want to copy multiple lines of text. To do this, we can use the y command followed by a motion. For example, to copy the current line and the next two lines, we can use the y3j command, which yanks the current line and the next two lines (j is a motion that moves the cursor down one line).

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You can ask any question on itvraag.nl and get an answer from the community.
It is a great resource for learning and getting help with problems.

To copy the above three lines, we would move our cursor to the beginning of the first line and type y3j.

Next, let’s talk about paste. To paste text that we have copied, we can use the p command. This will insert the copied text after the cursor. For example:

itvraag.nl is a great website for asking and answering questions.
itvraag.nl is a great website for asking and answering questions.

To paste the above line after the first line, we would move our cursor to the end of the first line and type p.

Now, let’s say we want to paste text before the cursor instead of after it. To do this, we can use the P command, which stands for “put”. For example:

itvraag.nl is a great website for asking and answering questions.
itvraag.nl is a great website for asking and answering questions.

To paste the above line before the second line, we would move our cursor to the beginning of the second line and type P.

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