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In vim, if I've copied a line using 'yy', then 'p' will paste the copied text on a line below the cursor, and 'P' will paste the copied text to the line above the cursor... But how do I break the line where the cursor is AND paste the text there?

let's say I have this (the pipe char represents the cursor, not a character in the buffer):


I want a paste operation that will end me with:

--Pasted Line--

Basically, the end result would be the same as hitting "i<Enter>ESC" and then "P".

I actually just did this in vim accidentally, with one paste operation (without using i<Enter>ESC etc), but I'm not sure how I did it.

I know this question is similar to: but it's different because I want to paste something copied using 'yy' and I also want to break the line at the point of the cursor, and paste the line where the new line break was just created.

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This appears to do that: move the cursor to the insertion point and type


That pastes in visual mode. See

:help v_P

for more.

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Close, but vP deletes the single character that is highlighted once the editor is in visual mode. Maybe (probably?) this is what I accidentally did, but it's not exactly what I want. – Eddified Oct 20 '10 at 23:50
Vim's registers can be tagged as linewise or characterwise. It seemed that maybe you wanted to yank linewise but paste characterwise. I was searching for a way to do that when I found vP. You could also try yanking with 0y$ which would yank the line characterwise, then paste it with p or P, but that doesn't seem like exactly what you want, either. – garyjohn Oct 21 '10 at 0:44

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