More VIM Notes
May 2021
Table of Contents

    Quickfix list

    • A quickfix list is a set of positions in one or more files
    • A quckfix list is global. Not local to a particular buffer.
    • A quickfix list is not the quickfix window. The window can show the list. The list is a datastructure.
    • A changelist is local to its buffer.


    • 0 contains the content of the last yank
    • 1-9 contains the content you’ve deleted or changed

    • _ blackhole register - send something here and it wont change any other register.

    • - contains any deleted or changed content smaller than 1 row.
    • % contains the name of the current file.

    Expression register

    1. In insert mode, <C-r>=.
    2. Type any valid vimscript.
    3. The output is inserted into the buffer.


    • :&& → repeat the last substitution command with its flags
    • :~ → repeat the lat substitution with the same replacement, but with the last used search pattern

    Command line

    • q: - opens the command line window. Good for yanking and viewing previous commands
    • :<C-f> - open command history list
    • :UltiSnipsEdit - opens the ultiSnips file for the current buffers filetype. See which snippets are defined.

    Delete stuff without leaving insert mode:

    • <C-h> - same as backspace
    • <C-w> - delete previous word
    • <C-u> - delete everything before cursor (on same row)
    • <C-d> or <C-t> - (un)indent a row
    • <C-e> - delete next word

    Text objects

    • gf - edit the file at the file path under the cursor (useful for netrw?)
    • gx - open the file at the file path under the cursor (useful for netrw?)
    • [m, ]m - move to the start or end of a method
    • @: - repeat the last command
    • >> will indent a line. . will repeat the operation, so >>.. would indent a line 3 times.

      You can use this along with a count, which will do the indention for n number of lines (with the current line being the top line). 3>>.. will indent 3 lines 3 blocks to the right.

    Screen Movement

    • <C-y> - up one line, and moves the cursor if it would go off the screen
    • <C-e> - down one line, and moves the cursor if it would go off screen
    • <C-f> - down one page, with cursor at top of screen
    • <C-b> - up one page, with cursor at bottom of screen


    1. The Valuable Dev has a lot of great tips.
    2. Vim for Python has some great notes on linting and code completion plugins that I’ve either copied or was more or less doing already.