I used to have this very clunky way of copying and pasting from/to vim. All these tutorials online would have these “settings” you could add to .vimrc that were supposed to make it possible to “yank to a special register” or something, but I could never get them to work. So instead I would
:set nonu (get rid of line numbers) :set mouse=c (allow for a cursor to select text) Use mouse, highlight section, shift-ctrl-c Then ctrl-v somewhere else.
At some point I was looking over a friend’s shoulder and discovered a much better way. The key is to install a different version of vim.
sudo apt remove vim sudo apt install vim-gnome
Now, I keep my mouse mode in
Then highlight text using the usual vim commands (shift-v and then any of the movement keys, such as “w” and “h” etc.)
Finally middle-click to paste the text elsewhere.
If you’re getting the beginning of text cut off when you paste into vim, make sure you’re in “mouse=a” and not “mouse=c” mode. In the latter, text will paste, but some of it will get cut off.