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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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How can I enable mouse in Vim?

How can I use mouse with panes in vim? I tried :set mouse=a but it does not seem to work when doing :sp or :vsp or vim -O
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Adjust pane size in vim

I know I can use :sp or :vsp to open files in vim in splitted panes. But how can I increase/decrease the size of each pane?
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vim syntax region: How to use strings as start / end patterns?

I want something like this in one of my syntax files: let s:mask1="some chars here" let s:mask2="and some chars here" syntax region MyOwnRegionName start=s:mask1 end=s:mask2 (the idea is to use ...
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Changing gVim behaviour on Red Hat

I recently had to change my Linux work environment from a personal Ubuntu system (having full admin rights) to a corporate Red Hat system (having very limited control on the system). Both running ...
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Make vimdiff display different lines as different lines (not partially different)

vimdiff has an annoying habit of displaying two almost-completely-different lines as the same partially-different line just because they share a character in common at the beginning or end. For ...
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Map a shell command to execute it into vim

I want to map, in my ~/vimrc file, the key <F4> in vim in order to execute the indent program on the file which I'm currently editing. How can I do it? If I do this,the compatibility with vi ...
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How am I supposed to edit files on a network with Vim?

Currently I'm doing it by SSHing into a server, and executing Vim on the server. This has the benefit of not having to deal with cumbersome syntax of opening files from a remote server over SCP, and, ...
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How to Replace Path in Search field using VIM

I'm trying to replace this text in VIM Actual Path /home/omipenguin/Servers\ Information/systemscript.sh/sysinfo.txt with this new path /home/sysinfo I tried %s/\/home\/omipenguin\/Servers\ ...
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Rewriting lines from the ending

I want to read a file and write its lines from the ending (which means that I want to replace the first line with the last line, the second line with the penultimate line and so on) just by using VIM ...
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Idle terminal safe character

I'm using iTerm2 on a Mac to do Linux work. In order to avoid losing terminal connections, I turned on "When idle, sent Ascii code". The default is 0. This works like a charm to keep connections ...
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Lowercase all but the first (Uppercase) letter from UPPERCASE in cyrillic

To make all letters a lower case except the first letter. The first letter would look like "Uppercase" after I changed (from UPPERCASE in cyrillic). The rest (not UPPERCASED) leave unchanged. I'm ...
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Setting programming font in RHEL 5 + gvim

I am working on RedHat RHEL5. I want to change the font in GVIM. The only font format that my GVIM accepts is *-courier-medium-r-normal-*-*-140-*-*-m-*-* It refuses to use Courier\ New or ...
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How can I set check interval for set autoread option in VIM

How can I set check interval for set autoread option in VIM? Is it possible?
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Vim key binding to cycle through windows

How do I bind one single key to cycle through the windows? For example, each time I want to switch a window, I have to click ctrl-a (default was ctrl-c) then use arrow key up/down/left/right to ...
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How can I use caps lock to change language in VIM

Can I use capslock for changing languages in VIM instead of Ctrl + 6 in case of "keymap=russian-jcukenwin"? How can I do it? Maybe something like mapping it in the $VIMRC file? How can I map ...
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How can I select all copy from vim and paste to other program e.g. mail client?

How can I do the following? Copy all text from vim and paste it to an external program e.g. mail Outlook? I tried +y and gg*yG but the paste does not work.
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vim flag to append a line and save

I'm trying to mock an editor as part of writing feature tests for a CLI that I'm working on. I need to mock an editor which is opened and quit directly without saving, as well as an editor which ...
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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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gvim on RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) install in home directory

How to install gvim on a RHEL server that doesn't have it (for use with SSH with X11 forwarding*)? No sudo access is available, so it has to be in the user's home directory. *Getting all the ...
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(g)vim - NerdTree and tagbar above each other left to edited file?

Any chance to get (g)vim displaying NerdTree and tagbar above each other left to edited file? +-----------+-------------+ | nerd tree | edited file | | contents | | +-----------+ ...
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Can vim warn on a tabpagemax overflow?

If I open a collection of files in vim tabs using a glob pattern, I'd like to be warned if the number of files matching the pattern exceeds the value of tabpagemax. For example, if the following, $ ...
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Carriage return vs newline in vim

In vim, when I opened a file, I wanted to add two empty lines at the end of each current line. I used the following switch: %s/$/\n\n/ Apparently, this does not work, but what does work is: ...
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VIM substitute occurrences of pattern after a particular word in a line

I have such lines in my text. text before pattern = garbage** text after pattern is pattern If in VIM I do %s/pattern/saturn/ it replaces all occurrences of pattern. But I only want to replace ...
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less command and syntax highlighting

I need to use the less command with the syntax highlighting of the vim command for python, C, bash and other languages. How do I apply syntax highlighting colors according to vim colors for less ...
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Sudoedit Vim force write (update) without quit

I'm doing some scripting with Vim and I've just started using sudoedit. Problem is, when I :w it writes to the temp file, so any testing of the script can't happen unless I quit the editor. How can ...
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Managing multiple Vims (vim and MacVim)

My machine came with Vim 7.3 and I just installed MacVim 7.4, so now I'm juggling both and I'm not sure how to manage the two. I'm plagued by questions like: Should I remove the older version? Where ...
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vim search numbers containing specific number of digits

I need to find specific length numbers in a big document. I tried to use regex for this. For example, If I need to search for numbers with exactly 2 digits, I use /d/d (i.e. /d twice followed by a ...
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How to insert both vimscript variable and string into vim search and replace

I've only just found out about Vimscript's existence as of today, so forgive me if this question is more basic than it seems, but I've been struggling to find an answer to this question for the better ...
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Vim: searching upward/downward in file from specific point/position

I want to search a word from my current cursor position in vim to upward in file. How to achieve this? Also how to do same for downward in file.
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Vim autocomplete to include punctuation between words

I'm currently programming in Tcl/Tk. I have some widgets called .entry,stdin and .entry,stdout and I'm using supertab for autocompletion. The comma is there because I'm using a package called gridplus ...
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Vim alerts after a few seconds when no event occurred

I use Vim in a tmux session, and recently I've noticed that Vim is raising an alert after a few seconds when I switch to another tmux window. Nothing has happened in Vim after I move windows - usually ...
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vim - better colors so comments aren't dark blue?

Mostly I edit ruby files, although shell script file comments are also # Currently my comments show as dark blue on black which is really hard to read. See screenshot. How can I change their color? ...
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vim - how can i do a 'change word' using the current paste buffer

I have some text in my paste buffer, e.g. I did a yw (yank word) and now I have 'foo' in my buffer. I now go to the word 'bar' and I want to replace it with my paste buffer. To replace the text ...
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Make vim open files as nomodifiable, under certain conditions

How can I make open files as readonly and nomodifiable, if they're in a certain folder hierarchy, but do NOT contain a certain extension? For example, if I open files on /server/(production|uat)/* I ...
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Use of ! in VIM

I have seen that sometimes :q works but sometimes we have to use :q!. This is the case for many commands. I was wondering what is the general use of ! in vim and when to use it. I tried to google ...
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Exracting fields in file and storing it in different file in vim

I have file int the following format: . . . Name:abc Occupation:def . . Name:xyz Occupation:ghi . . I want to extract the name and occupation field and save it in another file out.txt ...
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Tmux is not able to distinguish between insert and shift-insert

Insert when in xterm, gives ^[[2~ and, Shift+Insert gives ^[[2;1~ All this is good until I start tmux. Note that the $TERM variable remains the same, so this issue should not be related to ...
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is there a vim shortcut or can I create one for 'tabe other_file'

When possible I create 1 or 2 letter abbreviations for aliases and the like, e.g. x for exit or p for pwd at the command line. When using vim and doing multiple tabs for different files (which I can ...
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TERM=(linux|xterm) vi in an xterm or the AAABBBBBBCCDDD-problem

Usually when I want to run vim in a desktop konsole session, I make sure the TERM variable is set to linux as the arrow keys don't work in insert mode with TERM=xterm. They show capital A..D instead ...
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How to re-run vim auto-indentation on a tex file?

I have a LaTeX source file with its indentation messed up. I am looking for a way to force vim (may be through one of vim-latex-suite commands) to re-run the automatic indentation commands over the ...
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How can I jump to files from vim opening them in a separate tab?

I have installed tags so I can jump to a function body in another file via CTRL + ] I know that I can do gf to jump to another file. I know that I can do CTRL-w s to split the vim window. What I don't ...
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Pasting with spaces added into heads of lines (analogy to comment-chars)?

Please, consider a situation, where you find a nice example and want to copy it to your existing code to see, how it works. The indentation is almost never right right away. If there are several ...
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Vim gg=G (reindent whole file) without losing current position

Recently my main work was editing .xml files. Google told me that for re-indenting a file I need to press gg=G in normal. But moving to gg is something that I don't want. Is there any way to do the ...
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Deleting Word text-objects in VIM

In the expression (word (first-Word second-Word)) on typing diW with the cursor on f, I get (word second-Word)) when I would like just the Word first-Word deleted. On typing diW with the cursor on s ...
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Applying a change to every line?

How to add 4 spaces to every line between marks (bound with m-letter and current line). How to do the same when using visual block?
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vim regex to search for lines containing string1 AND string2

How in vim/vi can I search for all lines that contain string1 and string2, where either string can appear anywhere on the line separated by whitespace and possibly other words? I would also like to ...
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How to switch to editing command in text editor [duplicate]

When typing a complicated command that started on the command line in Bash, how do I switch to editing it with ViM?
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How can I create my own spelling file for vim?

At the moment I'm writing a document where need to use a lot of acronyms, technical language, and non German words. Now I was thinking if I could create a spelling file (tech_speak) which checks for ...
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Looking for a centred, full-screen terminal

There exist out there several different 'distraction-free editors' for writing: these provide a fullscreen, minimal environment with the goal of forcing oneself to focus on the task at hand. I want ...