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You can type Ctrl-R to insert a register when in insert mode, or when typing in the command or search line. When you press Ctrl-R you will see <tt>"</tt> (quote) to prompt you to finish the command by entering a register. For example, press Ctrl-R then <tt>a</tt> to insert the contents of the <tt>a</tt> register, or Ctrl-R then <tt>"</tt> to insert the contents of the unnamed register.
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You can type Ctrl-R to insert a register when in insert mode, or when typing in the command or search line. When you press Ctrl-R you will see <code>"</code> (quote) to prompt you to finish the command by entering a register. For example, press Ctrl-R then <code>a</code> to insert the contents of the <code>a</code> register, or Ctrl-R then <code>"</code> to insert the contents of the unnamed register.
   
You can press <tt>v</tt> then move the cursor to visually select some text (say the text is "hello world"). If you press <tt>y</tt> the selected text is yanked (copied) into the unnamed register. You can now type <tt>:%s/</tt> then <tt><C-r>"</tt> (Ctrl-R quote), which would show the following in the command line:
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You can press <code>v</code> then move the cursor to visually select some text (say the text is "hello world"). If you press <code>y</code> the selected text is yanked (copied) into the unnamed register. You can now type <code>:%s/</code> then <code><C-r>"</code> (Ctrl-R quote), which would show the following in the command line:
   
 
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created 2003 · complexity intermediate · author rainbrot · version 5.7


You can type Ctrl-R to insert a register when in insert mode, or when typing in the command or search line. When you press Ctrl-R you will see " (quote) to prompt you to finish the command by entering a register. For example, press Ctrl-R then a to insert the contents of the a register, or Ctrl-R then " to insert the contents of the unnamed register.

You can press v then move the cursor to visually select some text (say the text is "hello world"). If you press y the selected text is yanked (copied) into the unnamed register. You can now type :%s/ then <C-r>" (Ctrl-R quote), which would show the following in the command line:

:%s/hello world

You could complete the substitute command, to read, for example:

:%s/hello world/goodbye everyone/gc

Type <C-r><C-w> to paste the word under the cursor into the command line, or <C-r><C-a> to paste the WORD.

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