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How to hardcopy to multiple pages per sheet?

Let's suppose I have a single sheet of text to print (8.5''x11''). Can I create multiple hardcopies of said text and scale them so that I can fit 4 copies per print sheet using VIM? ex. ___________ ...
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vim and tmux on the same line

I would like to figure out a way to get my vim statusline and tmux statusline on the same line if such a thing is possible and not immensely difficult (ideally, the vim prompt, or whatever it's called ...
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vim how to keep cursor position while copying text

I am (having to) using gvim in windows. I was used to the linux environment where when I select text using mouse the cursor position wont change. Now , with gvim in windows, My problem is something ...
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vim colors not automatically loaded (probable Vundle conflict)

I've been trying to port my Windows .vimrc to Linux, to use on the command line (on gnome-terminal). Everything works fine, except for the colorscheme. It looks like it's loaded (:colorscheme returns ...
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Arrow keys spontaneously stop working in vim

I recently upgraded from OS X 10.6 (I think) to 10.9. Since then it seems, while editing in vim, the arrow keys will "spontaneously" stop working. At one point, in frustration I "mashed" one of the ...
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Is there a method for making Google Chrome open textareas in vim?

I used to use Firefox on a daily basis but have switched to Google Chrome, and have been using it for 2+ years now. The one plugin that I miss is this one, It's All Text!. This plugin allowed for the ...
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Vim interface on web browser input fields?

I am looking for a browser plugin which inputs textin of input boxes with the same keyboard interface of the Vim text editor. I have adopted Vimium which makes general navigation much more effective, ...
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viewing info documentation with vim

I'm trying to use the ManPageView addon to view info documentation within vim. Although I find ManPageView very useful for, well, viewing manpages, its info-reading functionality doesn't seem to work ...
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Emacs's <C-l> vim equivalent

There's a neat Control-L hotkey in Emacs that repetitively moves the cursor to the top/middle/bottom of the screen. I'm quite sure there's a vim equivalent for that, but I couldn't find it.
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How do I pick up a previous modification in VIM?

If I did several modifications to the original file, i.e. 1 delete a line 2 insert some text 3 delete another line 4 delete the text added in step 2 5 insert some other text 6 ... Now I want to ...
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Vim: What is difference between motion mark shotcut `. and `"?

While reading vim info motion marker says: |`quote| `" go to the position when last editing this file |`.| `. go to the position of the last change in this file Above ...
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Mapping C-1 does not work in VIM

I'm trying to bind 1gt to CTRL + 1, so in vimrc I added nmap <c-1> 1gt But pressing these keys in normal mode does not work. Either VIM (konsole) or gVIM Anything wrong with my command?
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Command-line editing vim style [duplicate]

I recently discovered terminal's feature, you can set the keys emacs or vi style I prefer the second. so if you do set -o vi You can use k j l h keys to navigate on the command line. And you can ...
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Auto indent C++11 lambda functions Vim

Is there any way to get Vim to auto indent C++11 lambda functions correctly? I have tried many different permutations of smartindent, cindent, etc. in .vimrc.
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How to enable vim addon packages?

I have installed vim-nox as well as vim-latexsuite and vim-outliner on Ubuntu 12.10. There's nothing wrong with Vim but neither of the add-on packages does anything. What do I have to do to in order ...
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Anyway to navigate percentage-wise in vim?

I often open large files, looking through logs for finding info. As all lines have timestamp in my case and I am sure of in which part of the whole file the info is present which I am interested in. ...
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Piped search queries in vim or less

I would like to be able to search a log file for lines that being with ^2014-02-18 15:30:[0-9:,]* and have UserName:someguy much later in the same line. I am sure I could do a regex to include any ...
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What causes swap files to be created?

As part of the program I wrote, I constantly read and write data from files. I noticed that as part of doing so, I am inadvertently creating swap .swp files. What do you think is going on? What would ...
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Why does `ESC` move the cursor back in vim?

In vim, when I hit ESC to return to command mode, the cursor moves one character to the left. This is not what I would hope for, occasional I immediately hit l to move back to that spot, perhaps to ...
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Installing cppman

I've tried to install cppman in Fedora 19 or Linux mint 15 and it installs successfully. But when I try to use it I get the error: Python IOError: [Errno 13] Permission denied I've installed it in ...
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Replacing Multiple blank lines with a single blank line in vim / sed

Question more or less says it all. I'm aware that /^$/d will remove all blank lines, but I can't see how to say 'replace two or more blank lines with a single blank line' Any ideas?
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What does the search flag 'z' do in VIM?

I was looking for a way to show a bit of context around my searches when doing g/mysearchtext/p When I stumbled across this page Search-a-pattern-and-provide-a-context-few-lines-above-and-below ...
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vim and tmux are conflicting. How can I fix this? [duplicate]

I'm having a painful experience with tmux. I'm using solarized in vim but when I run tmux then my vim configuration does not work. It's as if solarized is not configured in my .vimrc. Out of tmux ...
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Is there a command reverse search in vim?

In linux cli I can do ctrl-r and do a reverse search and choose something I have done easily. Is there something similar in vim? I mean I may run a command using : (could be anything like a long ...
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How to reverse-match a string in the Vim programming language?

I want to find the last index of any character in the [abc] set in the abcabc string but the search should start from the end of the string: " Returns the 0th index but I want the 5th. let ...
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Search for “not newline” in vim?

To search for A T\n in vim I can just do /A T\n What would be the equivalent for not newline at the end? /A T[^\n] did not work.
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When I type vim in terminal my bodhi linux complains emacs is not installed (bodhi linux) [closed]

jcress@jcress$ vim The program 'emacs' can be found in the following packages: * emacs23 * emacs23-nox * e3 * emacs23-lucid * jove Try: sudo apt-get install <selected package> I can't ...
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How can I make shell aliases available when shelling out from Vim?

In my .zshrc, I declare some aliases. Eg, which dbstart shows the contents of that alias. If I open vim from that shell, it is a child process. In Vim, I can run shell commands with :! some_command. ...
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How can I paste something to the VIM from the clipboard

How can I paste something to the VIM from the clipboard? In Windows "*p works as expected but in Debian both "*p and "+p doesn't work with both clipboard=unnamed and clipboard=unnamedplus.
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How do I join the next line when a line matches a regex for whole document in VI?

As title, for example, I have lines like abcdefg join! abcdef no join abcdefg join! If a line matches regex ^a.+g$ then I would like them to be joined, so it would be: abcdefgjoin! abcdef no join ...
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How can I constantly see the current filename in vim?

I am using vim and I need a way to always be able to see the file that I am working on without having to do ^G. I see the file name when I start vim but when I start to work and use various functions ...
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Can Vim be made simpler? [closed]

I have a 300MB file I want to edit, search, remove duplicate lines, compare 2 files, that sort of stuff. I tried Sublime Text 3, which was slow and crashed often. I asked for recommendations and was ...
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Automatically create matching braces in vim

How do I automatically create matching braces in vim? It should work as follows: If I input an open brace the closing one should appear automatically and the cursor should be placed in between. To ...
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Blank lines of unknown origin when running vim after tput clear

I have a rather bizarre issue with terminal behaviour. If I execute tput clear to clear the screen, my cursor (as expected) goes to the top of the terminal. If I run vi after that (vim actually), ...
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Avoid completing directory names when changing vim buffers

Suppose I have a directory structure, such as dir ├── foo │ ├── bar.c │ ├── bar.h │ ├── foo.c │ └── foo.h └── config └── foo.conf And I have each of the files in foo/, as well as ...
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vim avoid selecting underscore

So I know that an underscore (_) is considered part of a word in vim. Working with Python, I normally end up having a lot of underscores. Is there a way to select part of a word excluding the ...
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“Swap file xxx already exists” when editing apache configuration file in vim?

Using vim I keep getting a message saying "Swap file xxx already exists" when I'm editing an apache config. However, I don't see it in the working directory on in tmp. How do I delete this?
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Loading a color scheme has no effect in Vim

I had selected some really smart looking color schemes for Vim here Following the instruction inside those files I've copied them in my $VIMRUNTIME/colors directory. When Vim is launched in normal ...
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How to put current line at top/center/bottom of screen in vim?

Any quicker navigation trick to place the line at which the cursor is at the moment to the top of the screen? center of the screen? bottom of the screen?
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Can not install any color scheme in Vim in Kubuntu

I have installed the latest Kubuntu. I am trying to set a nice color scheme for my terminal, but it does not work.For example I tried wombat256. I copied the wombat256mod.vim under ~/.vim/colors as it ...
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vim how to configure backspace and delete key's both as normal

How to configure following keys in vim? Backspace key to delete a character backwards. Delete key to delete a character forwards. After reading some posts, I got to know that only one of those can ...
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delete line in vi

How can I delete a line in VI? Here what I am doing right now: Open up the terminal alt + ctrl + t vi a.txt I move my cursor to the line which I wan to delete, then what key-combination is should ...
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Exit vim more quickly

I use Vim mainly for quick edits rather than long work sessions. In that sense, I find the keyboard sequence for quitting especially laborious: Esc, Shift + ;, w, q, Enter. How to quit Vim (possibly ...
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Why is vim not being opened in its own screen?

When I type vim in xterm the program is not opened in its own screen, but in the very same I am writing commands in. Let me explain: for example, lets say I type in the terminal ls -l /usr/bin and get ...
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How to highlight logs with bash coloring on vim?

I have some nicely colored logs from some tools with bash color codes. When I view them through less or similar tools it get color rendered by bash (obviously). However it is pain to watch and edit ...
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vi creating a swap files before create a new file

This is a strange problem. the swap file get created for the new files. so, my directory is empty there is no file exist and then when I vi test.txt I get the swap file message. It looks like the vi ...
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How to copy text from vim to an external program?

I'm trying to copy-paste some text from vim. I'm doing v to enter visual mode, then y once I selected my block. It appears to copy the text into vim's clipboard, because p will paste it. But in ...
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Insert mode in all windows in VI

Suppose I am using vim with two or more files opened in split-screen mode. The open files are very similar, and I want to perform a few identical changes to all files. I already know of :windo set ...
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Can vim display ASCII characters only, and treat other bytes as binary data?

I already know vim -b, however, depending on the locale used, it displays multi-byte characters (like UTF-8) as single letters. How can I ask vim to only display ASCII printable characters, and ...
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Minimize the current width of a window in Vim

To maximize the width of a current window in Vim, we type: ctrl-w | Is there a similar alternative for minimizing a current window in Vim?