Vim: Copying to and retrieving from the clipboard
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: