Normal And Global Commands With Vim For VSCode
global command is a useful tool when working with Vim.
Unfortunately, you cannot use the global command out of the box with the Vim integration for VSCode.
You have to set it up first.
To enable the two commands, we need to install Neovim and then configure Vim For VSCode to use it.
You can install Neovim with the Homebrew package manager for macOS.
First, install the
brew command on your Mac and then use the new command to install Neovim with
brew install neovim.
To install Homebrew, follow the instructions found on the Homebrew website.
After the installation process has finished, you can run
nvim --version to ensure that Neovim has been installed successfully.
$ nvim --version NVIM v0.4.3 Build type: Release …
To configure Vim for VSCode, you first need to find out where the
nvim command has been installed.
In your Terminal, you can run
type nvim to get that information.
$ type nvim nvim is /usr/local/bin/nvim
The last step you need to complete is to add this information to the VSCodeVim configuration in
… "vim.enableNeovim": true, "vim.neovimPath": "/usr/local/bin/nvim", …
Imagine you have a huge Markdown file, and you want to delete everything except the headings to compile a table of contents.
# Heading One A random amount of text. ## Subheading One More random amount of text. ## Subheading Two Even more random amount of text. ## Subheading Three End of text.
So the following would be the result we wish to get:
# Heading One ## Subheading One ## Subheading Two ## Subheading Three
With the global command, you would type
You can abbreviate the global command to just
: enters the command line mode in vi.
The command line mode is used to enter Ex commands.
The global command is an Ex command.
! after global means that we want to invert the pattern.
You enter the pattern where the command should match between the slashes.
d is the standard delete command you know from using vim.