I want to be able to paste from the clipboard on gVim on Windows using Ctrl-Shift-V, just like in Terminator.

However, if I put this on my .vimrc

 imap <C-S-V> "+gP

The shortcut works without shift, meaning I can paste text with a simple Ctrl-V. This overrides the already existing capability, is there a way to paste only with Ctrl-Shift-V?

  • I don't think Windows supports multiple clipboards, it will be interesting to see responses to this. – krystah Feb 11 '14 at 18:16
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    I don't think Vim makes a difference between <C-S-v> and <C-v>. – romainl Feb 11 '14 at 21:37

Vim cannot see the difference between <C-V>, <C-v>, and <C-S-V>.

If you want case sensitive mappings, you need to use unmodified characters, or the Alt key (e.g. <A-v> or <M-v> is different from <A-V> or <M-V>).

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Due to the way that the keyboard input is handled internally, this unfortunately isn't generally possible today, even in GVIM. Some key combinations, like Ctrl + non-alphabetic cannot be mapped, and Ctrl + letter vs. Ctrl + Shift + letter cannot be distinguished. (Unless your terminal sends a distinct termcap code for it, which most don't.) In insert or command-line mode, try typing the key combination. If nothing happens / is inserted, you cannot use that key combination. This also applies to <Tab> / <C-I>, <CR> / <C-M> / <Esc> / <C-[> etc. (Only exception is <BS> / <C-H>.) This is a known pain point, and the subject of various discussions on vim_dev and the #vim IRC channel.

Some people (foremost Paul LeoNerd Evans) want to fix that (even for console Vim in terminals that support this), and have floated various proposals, cp. http://groups.google.com/group/vim_dev/browse_thread/thread/626e83fa4588b32a/bfbcb22f37a8a1f8

But as of today, no patches or volunteers have yet come forward, though many have expressed a desire to have this in a future Vim 8 major release.

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You can program the Ctrl-Shift-v to be intercepted by the terminal itself not vim, you can configure how that interception happens.

For me, I launch Konsole application, Click the Settings Menu -> Configure shortcuts -> Search for Ctrl+Shift+v and remap that to Ctrl-V. So now this keyboard combination will not make it through to vim, and you can have Konsole do the right thing to paste the clipboard contents.

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If you are using some terminal other than Konsole, you might search around for its functionality to intercept that keyboard combination and then hand-hold vim so it does the right thing.

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