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Vim Selections [ID:842] (2/7)

in series: An Introduction to Vim Macros

video tutorial by Justin Lilly, added 08/08

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This is a relatively short screencast on a few different ways to select text in Vim. Vim's visual mode is a very powerful feature of the editor which allows you to select data in different, yet meaningful, ways.

As a developer, its as important to know your editor as well as a carpenter knows his hammer. I've also uploaded the video to my blog, for those interested in a less compressed version. Enjoy!

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26. christian louboutin cheapest Sat, 29 May 2010 03:30

Thanks. Now your voice was more clean than the vid before. Better :D

25. oakley sunglasses wholesale Mon, 17 May 2010 13:42

I´d knew that vim was awesome but I not wondered that it could do it \o/

nice work :) i like it

23. marinir seo Sun, 28 Feb 2010 14:26

Very fast, but very helpful. I watched some of your videos multiple times in order to recall all the cool tricks. A search video might be helpful, too. Thanks!

Very nice. I have used vi/vim for years and still pick up new commands.

21. marinir seo Thu, 04 Feb 2010 09:38

Hi, nice tutorial, well presented and organised - thanks!

20. cheap jordans online Tue, 02 Feb 2010 08:59

Thanks that was very usefull

19. anonymous Sat, 14 Nov 2009 02:58

Thank you for your videos!

18. anonymous Tue, 01 Sep 2009 18:26

I loved the tips in this video!

I am using VIM for several years now, but some of the things you showed I didn't know.


17. anonymous Tue, 01 Sep 2009 18:23

I loved the tips in this video!

I am using VIM for several years now, but some of the things you showed I didn't know.


16. anonymous Tue, 18 Aug 2009 22:35

Thanks! Super useful!

15. anonymous Sat, 25 Jul 2009 22:36

Man, this is awesome... Especially the v(a|i) stuff. Also, that shift i with the ctl+v is great! Thank you for this :)

14. anonymous Wed, 22 Jul 2009 07:59

I'm a long time Vim user and I learned some cool new things from this video.

I like the little gray box the shows the keys your press (what is it BTW?).

Excellent work, thanks!


Nice tutorial. Thank you.

12. anonymous Thu, 09 Jul 2009 12:49

Good pointers. Thanks

11. anonymous Mon, 15 Jun 2009 20:43

The app for broadcasting my keystrokes is called KeyCastr. Its a mac only app, but I'm sure there are *nix alternatives.

Excellent! I teach some introductory Unix classes and student's have said at times that they would like see exactly what it is that I'm typing when editing a file. How did you get you do that window that showed your commands? That made it really nice to follow what you were doing.


9. anonymous Fri, 10 Oct 2008 10:32

Hi, Thank you for the screencast

Try also :

v[line number]gg

v10gg visual select till line: 10

i found it very usefull.

To the guy who said visual quality could be improved, you can find a higher resolution version at my blog,

7. anonymous Sun, 07 Sep 2008 19:37

Liked the va< -- didn't know about that.

I wish va" worked for selecting strings, or va'.

If you type 'o' in visual mode, it flips the anchor, so you can change both sides of the selection.

6. anonymous Thu, 04 Sep 2008 02:27

Thanks! Learning by looking over the shoulder is really a great addition to the help files.

Loved it! And learned a couple of things to boot. A great demonstration of the power of vim and modal editing. These need to be publicized - a really great way to help newbies overcome vim's initial strangeness. My request is keep 'em coming. VIM is one of the powerhouses of open-source and deserves more screencasts.

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2. anonymous Fri, 29 Aug 2008 03:58

excellent tips and clearly explained. Explaining the shortcuts as you type them v[isual] i[nner] s[entence] is brilliant, makes them much easier to remember. Thanks

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