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Given three sample lines:

some('lorem _ ipsum');
$some['lorem _ ipsum'];
<span class="some _ class">

(cursor is in _ position)

Which is the fastest way to select (for pasting in other place):

  • text between ' quotes
  • expand the selection to include the parenthesis
  • text between parenthesis
  • text between < and >
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vi' will select text between quotes (use va' to include the quotes themselves)

If you're already in visual mode, another a( or ab will expand to include the parentheses

vi( or vib will select text inside parentheses; va( or vab will select including the parentheses.

Similarly for vi[, va[, vi<, va<, etc.

See :help text-objects for more information.

Consider also skipping the selection step, and just yank (copy) them (yi', ya(, etc.) or deleting (cutting) them (da', di<, etc.) before pasting somewhere else.

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Thanks, any other options than inside? (as inside this does not work in IdeaVim (plugin for PHPStorm IDE) ) – takeshin Sep 10 '11 at 14:11
I don't know anything other than what it says at :help text-objects. I don't use that plugin, and would never even consider it if it interfered with such basic vim functionality. – frabjous Sep 10 '11 at 14:16
And ci will change the text inside. – Ryan A. Mar 18 '13 at 20:56

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