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My memory when it comes to remembering how to get text to and from Vim via the clipboard is pretty bad so I thought I’d try summarising what I know and see if that works out any better.
We can access the system clipboard via the ‘+’ buffer so the commands revolve around that.
Copying to the clipboard
To copy the whole file to the clipboard we can use this command:
Or if we want to get the data between lines 4 and 10 then we could do:
If we want just the current line the following will work:
If we want to copy lines via visual mode, we would use ‘v’ to go into that and select which lines we want to copy followed by:
Retrieving from the clipboard
Retrieving data from the clipboard is a case of accessing the ‘+’ buffer.
Therefore to paste whatever’s in the clipboard into a file we’d do this:
If we wanted to paste it just before the current position of the cursor then we’d do this instead:
I’ve been using Vim instead of RubyMine for the last month or so and it’s been interesting observing the way that I browse code as I add plugins to make my life easier.
I generally don’t know exactly where in the folder structure different files live since I’m used to being able to search by just the name i.e. RubyMine’s Ctrl-N
I also quite like the ability to quickly access files that I’ve recently opened i.e. files which are in the Vim buffer or RubyMine’s Ctrl-E. The FuzzyFinder plugin provides that functionality.
I’ve noticed that the way I browse inside files has changed since I started using Vim.
I used to just scroll around files using the mouse but now I find myself moving around a file by line numbers instead.
A lot of the commands for file editing in Vim are based on moving/changing/deleting to a particular symbol so you become almost a human parser when reading a line of text.
I found/am finding the following quite useful for learning Vim shortcuts:
When coding in Java/C# I rely quite heavily on auto complete to tell me what methods I have available to me on a certain object.
Although I don’t use it that frequently the SuperTab plugin works reasonably well when you do need help.