Working with Lines
Vim has numerous built-in functions and features to operate specifically on lines.
Copy / Delete Lines
Shortcuts exist for copying and deleting the current line.
dd to delete the current line.
yy to copy the current line.
cc to delete line and enter INSERT mode.
The above are equivalent to using the
_ motion. For example,
dd is equivalent to
d_. Since these are common actions, the double letter shortcuts are easier to remember and type.
You can paste a deleted or yanked line elsewhere, use
p to paste.
Another useful shortcut is
D, to delete from cursor to end of line, equivalent to
The change equivalent is
C, to delete from cursor to end of line, and switch to insert mode.
- Go to first column
- Go to first printable character
- Go to end of line
- Go to last printable character
- Go to line number 32
- Go to first line in buffer
- Go to last line in buffer
Line INSERT mode
- Add new line below, enter INSERT mode
- Add new line above, enter INSERT mode
- Enter INSERT mode at start of line
- Enter INSERT mode at end of line
J to merge lines together. If you press
J with nothing highlighted, it will remove the current line ending and white-space bringing the next line up. If multiple lines are highlighted, pressing
J will merge them all into a single line.
Wrap Lines at Length
gq to wrap lines to a specified length defined by
textwidth. If the
textwidth option is not set the default is 79. I use this daily in commit messages to fit within 80 characters. To use, just highlight the lines you want and then type
Wrapped Line Navigation
Wrapped line navigation can be weird in Vim. Since, one actual line wraps to multiple displayed lines. The
k keys tells Vim to move to the next line, thus skipping over the wrapped lines.
gk to navigate via displayed lines. I configure this as my default using the following configuration.
Add the following to your
" move updown by visual (wrapped) lines noremap j gj noremap k gk
See Configuration section for more on working with your Vim config.
Bubble Up Lines
Move a single line, or multiple lines, up and down using control + arrow keys. The multiline mapping below is a bit complex, even for me, I picked it up somewhere on the interweb.
" Bubble single lines nmap <C-Up> :m .-2<CR> nmap <C-Down> :m .+1<CR> " Bubble multiple lines vnoremap <silent> <C-Up> @='"zxk"zP`[V`]'<CR> vnoremap <silent> <C-Down> @='"zx"zp`[V`]'<CR>