Use the systems clipboard
You might want to yank directly into the system's clipboard and paste directly from it.
First of all, check if your Vim version supports yanking to and pasting from the system's clipboard. Issue the following command in your CLI:
vim --version | grep clipboard
Now if you are on macOS, make sure the output includes
If you are on linux, make sure the output includes
If it doesn't, install another version with your operating system's package manager (
brew install vim for macOS or
sudo apt-get install vim-gtk for a Debian based OS like Ubuntu or Debian).
If you then add the following line to your
~/.vimrc file, you should be able to use the system's clipboard with Vim:
Comments in the config
You can add a comment to your
~/.vimrc file by adding a
" character in front of the comment like this:
" This is a comment
My current Vim config
If you are curious, this is my current
~/.vimrc config file:
" pathogen initialization execute pathogen#infect() " syntax highlighting syntax on " use numbers set number set relativenumber " searching set ignorecase set smartcase set hlsearch " use system clipboard set clipboard=unnamed " tabs set tabstop=2 set shiftwidth=2 set softtabstop=2 set expandtab " key maps let mapleader=" " map <C-n> :NERDTreeToggle<CR> nnoremap <leader>w <esc>:w<CR> nnoremap <leader>q <esc>:q<CR> nnoremap <leader>Q <esc>:q!<CR> nnoremap <leader>n <esc>:nohlsearch<CR> " colorscheme colorscheme atom
End of the series
Every line in my Vim config file was discussed and explained in this series.
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