Swapping two regions of text is a common task, which normally requires that we make two separate changes to the document. Tom McDonald’s exchange plugin offers an elegant alternative, by providing an operator that swaps two regions of text in one go.Continue reading…
We can use pandoc as a filter to clean up WYSIWYG-generated HTML. Pandoc is a commandline program, but we can call it from inside Vim either using the bang Ex command, or by configuring the
formatprg option to make the
gq operator invoke pandoc.
gn command (introduced in Vim 7.4) makes it easy to operate on regions of text that match the current search pattern. It’s especially useful when used with a regex that matches text regions of variable length.
Lots of Vim’s built-in Normal mode commands can be executed multiple times by prefixing them with a count. User-defined Normal mode mappings don’t usually handle counts the way we might like them to. We’ll explore a couple of techniques for making our custom mappings respond predictably to a count.Continue reading…
The dot command is my all-time favorite Vim trick: it tells Vim to repeat the last change. But the dot command tends not to work well with user-defined mappings. In this episode, we’ll use repeat.vim to set up a simple mapping so that it can be repeated using the dot command.Continue reading…
Vim’s diff mode allows us to easily compare the contents of two (or more) buffers. We can start Vim in diff mode using the
vimdiff command, or if Vim is already running we can switch to diff mode using the
:diffthis command. The beauty of the
:diffthis command is that it works with unnamed buffers, whereas
vimdiff can only work with files.
When Vim is compiled without the
+clipboard feature, we can still insert text from the clipboard using the system paste command (
cmd-v). This can produce strange effects, but we can avoid them by toggling the
paste option each time we use the system paste command.
In some environments, Vim lets us access the system clipboard using the quoteplus register,
"+. When this feature is enabled, we can use it with the delete, yank and put operations in much the same way that we use Vim’s other registers. Pasting from this register usually produces better results than using the system paste command in Insert mode.
In the previous lesson we learned how use the expression register to evaluate simple calculations. We can also call built-in and user-defined Vimscript functions, and thanks to the
system() function, we can also fetch output from external scripts.
The expression register lets us evaluate a snippet of Vimscript code. This is handy when you need to perform simple calculations and insert the result into the document.Continue reading…