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How to delete lines in Vim

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In the Vim editor, we can delete lines with the dd command.

Delete a single line

Follow these steps to delete a single line:

  • Press ESC to go to Normal mode.

  • Place the cursor on the line you need to delete.

  • Press dd. This will delete the current line.

If you press dd multiple times, it will delete multiple lines.

Delete a specific line

Follow these steps to delete a specific line:

  • Press Esc then : to go to command mode.

  • Enter nd and hit Enter where n in nd is the line number. For example, if you want to delete the fifth line, then you should use 5d.

Delete multiple lines

Syntax

:[start],[end]d

To delete line numbers 5 to 10, use:

:5,10d

We can also use certain characters to specify a range, such as:

  • . (dot) specifies the current line.
  • specifies the last line.
  • % specifies all lines.

To delete all lines below the current line, use the following command.

:.,$d

The . in the above code denotes the current line, and the denotes the last line. This command will delete all the lines below the current line.

To delete all the lines above the current line, use the following command.

:.,1d

To delete all the lines of the file, use the following command.

:%d

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