In emacs, yanking works something like this: if you delete something, it can be yanked back into another position. In other words, emacs's yank is sort of like cut and paste. On the other hand, it seems like vim's yank is like copy and paste: I can yank something and then paste it elsewhere, but the original text is still there. Is there any way to cut the text rather than just copying it in vim?

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Use d where you normally use y.

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    In Vim, what you delete is kept in the buffer. So what you delete, you can indeed paste afterwards.
    – Gnoupi
    Apr 28, 2010 at 13:39
  • Doh! I can't believe I didn't try that. :-/ Apr 28, 2010 at 15:50
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    @Gnoupi: the vimish term is "register", one can see the content of the registers by ":registers"
    – akira
    May 28, 2010 at 5:52

You can also use x to delete individual characters (highlighted characters if in visual mode), and paste them using p.

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