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Maybe I'm searching the wrong way, but I've failed to find out how to do this.

Here's the scenario: I have a list in a text file where I want to insert the same word on multiple lines, here's an example text:

12.1           Item1
12.2           Item2
12.3           Item3

Now I visual-block mark the 8th column, indicated with underscores below, and intend to replace part of the whitespace with Done without moving the item column:

12.1   _       Item1
12.2   _       Item2
12.3   _       Item3

I expected that I could go into replace mode, but I can only enter insert (I), append (A), or change-mode (c). The change-mode comes close to what I want: if I know the length of the word the block can be set to the same width.

Is there something I'm missing here?

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Why don't you select 4 columns and hit c?


Also, you could use :h normal:

:'<,'>norm 7lRDone
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That works for Done, but what if I want to write something else, I want to be free from counting characters, if possible. –  Thor Sep 11 '12 at 12:16
:norm is your friend, then. –  romainl Sep 11 '12 at 12:20
Yes the second solution can be used for a convenient mapping. Thank you. –  Thor Sep 11 '12 at 12:23

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