Vim Macros


title: Macros

Macros

Recording macros is a way to make some repetitive tasks automatically in VIM.

Recording Macros

Macros use one of the VIM registers to be storage, each register is identified by a letter a to z.

To start a Macro, in Normal Mode, press:

q<REGISTER LETTER>

Example: qq starts a macro in the register q, qs starts the macro in the register s

At this point you will see in VIM bottom line recording @q, this means everything you type now will be registered in the macro.

To stop recording the macro, press <ESC> to go back to NORMAL mode, and q to quit the macro.

To execute the macro you record, press @ and the register q.

The complete process looks like this:

  • qq -> start record the macro in register q
  • ... -> the series of commands you want to record
  • <ESC>q -> go back to NORMAL mode and quit the macro record
  • @q -> execute the macro, starting from the line you current are
  • @@ -> execute the macro again

More Info

You can find more information about macros in the VIM Tips Wiki:
http://vim.wikia.com/wiki/Macros

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