More VIM Notes

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.