Today I found myself having to do a bit of copy-paste in Vim, and found out that the paste operation has no memory, meaning that once you
paste something, if you
paste again nothing is gonna happen.
But I needed to paste the same word multiple time all over my file. This StackOverflow question came to the resque.
xnoremap p pgvy
But what does this combo actually do?
gv reselects the previous Visual area, and finally
y yanks (copies) what’s selected, which is the previous Visual area, which is what we just pasted.
As an aside, the way I found out about
gv was by using
:help gv, Vim is sooo cool!
After all this a real pro Vim user could tell me that that’s an abuse, and that Vim offers better ways to do it, but that’s a question for the food for thoughts section.
Food for thoughts
- Is there a better Vim way to paste multiple times?
- What does