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How to copy paste contents in VI editor?

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I tried using CTRL + V for pasting contents in a VI editor document, but CTRL + V is not interpreted as a paste.

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I always use Shift+Insert when I want to paste text into the terminal, works in all terminal programs.

(Which is also the reason why I never get a laptop where you can't press Insert without pressing a secondary key)

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Use the center button of the mouse to insert text you've highlighted elsewhere.

Useful when you don't have access to your system clipboard (eg. in a remote ssh session)

Must be in edit/insert mode for vim


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How to copy paste contents in VI editor?

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I tried using CTRL + V for pasting contents in a VI editor document, but CTRL + V is not interpreted as a paste.


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up vote 9 down vote

I always use Shift+Insert when I want to paste text into the terminal, works in all terminal programs.

(Which is also the reason why I never get a laptop where you can't press Insert without pressing a secondary key)

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Vi/Vim != terminal ;) - 0xC0000022L Feb 17 '13 at 17:01

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