Vim Tricks: Visual Block Mode

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I thought I’d write down one of my favorite vim tricks. This one is to change or comment a vertical block of text all at once, instead of one line at a time.

  • Step One
    • Enter Visual Block mode with Ctrl+v, then highlight a single character wide slice you wish to add comment characters to.
  • Step two
    • Press Shift+i to enter insert mode, then enter your comment character. Don’t worry, this will only effect one line at first.
  • Step three
    • Press Esc to apply your change to all lines you previously had highlighted.

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