Copy and Paste Content in Vi or Vim Editor

VIM stands for Vi Improved, and it is one of the most popular text editors for Linux. It is based on the older vi text editor and has many improvements, making it even more powerful and user-friendly. VIM is a cross-platform text editor, meaning it can be used on different operating systems and distributions. It is a highly customizable text editor, allowing you to customize it to your liking. It also has a lot of features that regular text editors don’t have, such as syntax highlighting, auto-indentation, and tab completion.

VIM is also known to be very fast and efficient, making it perfect for developers who need to work quickly and accurately. In short, VIM is a great text editor for Linux, perfect for both novices and experienced users alike.

Copy/Paste Contents in Vim Editor

Vim is the improvised edition of the Vi editor. Copy and paste is an essential part of the computer user in day-to-day work. We can quickly copy and paste content in Vi/Vim editor using shortcuts. To copy and paste text in the vi/vim editor, follow these steps:

  • Open the file in vi/vim by typing `vi filename` in the terminal.
  • Press Esc to enter normal mode.
  • To copy text, first, you need to select the text that you want to copy. You can do this by moving the cursor to the beginning of the text and then pressing v to enter visual mode. Then, use the arrow keys to highlight the text that you want to copy.
  • Once you have selected the text, press `y` to copy it. This will copy the text to the clipboard.
  • To paste the copied text, move the cursor to the location where you want to paste the text and press `p` to paste it.

Alternatively, you can also use the yank and put commands to copy and paste text in vi/vim. To copy text using the yank command, type `yy` to copy the current line or `yw` to copy the current word. To paste the copied text using the put command, type `p`.

To copy more than one line, simply enter the number of lines before yy. For example to copy 5 lines simply hit `5yy` or to copy 100 lines type `100yy`.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any further questions.

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