Editing visual selections
Visual selection is a powerful tool for applying commands to specific regions of a buffer. But it can be frustrating to have selected the wrong portion and need to start your selection over. Many times I’ve had to hit
<Esc> and restart a visual selection because I realized my selection didn’t start at the right point. But this frustration can be easily remedied by making use of
owhile visually selecting moves the cursor to the opposite end of the selection.
Instead of pressing
<Esc> and starting over, I can press
o to move the cursor back to the beginning of the visual selection. From there, I can use the usual suspects to adjust the beginning of the visual selection. For example
<C-u>, or perhaps
?^3. If I want to get back to the bottom of the visual selection and select more, I can press
o to bounce to the other end. This trick has remedied a frustration I’ve long had with using visual mode.
Check out the gif at the bottom of this message. In it, I incrementally select some text that I wish to move to the left. But I missed the first few lines, so I press
o to move my cursor to the back of the selection, then press
k to adjust the top boundary.
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