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created July 20, 2005 · complexity basic · author Ivan Tishchenko · version 5.7


Vim can access two different clipboard registers: * (primary selection) and + (clipboard). On Windows, either one can be used.

There are a number of ways of copying the entire contents of a file to the clipboard. These include:

Normal Mode

gg"*yG
gg"+yG

:set go+=a
ggVG
ggVGy

:set cb+=unnamed
ggyG

Ex Mode

:%y+

:set cb+=unnamed
:%y

Visual Mode (linewise)

ggoG"+y

:set go+=a
ggoG

Visual Mode (characterwise or blockwise)

VggoG"+y

:set go+=a
VggoG


Windows Specific (with Windows key bindings in effect)

ggVG<c-ins>
<C-A><C-C>

Macintosh Specific

<Cmd-A><Cmd-C>


:w !pbcopy

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