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Hacking Vim 7.2

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  1. Hacking Vim 7.2
    1. Table of Contents
    2. Hacking Vim 7.2
    3. Credits
    4. About the Author
    5. About the Reviewers
    6. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. New to Vim?
      5. Conventions
      6. Reader feedback
      7. Customer support
    7. 1. Getting Started with Vim
      1. Getting Vim
      2. vi, Vim, and friends
      3. Vim is charityware
      4. Common terminology
      5. Summary
    8. 2. Personalizing Vim
      1. Where are the configuration files?
      2. Changing the fonts
      3. Changing color scheme
      4. A more informative status line
      5. Toggle menu and toolbar
      6. Adding your own menu and toolbar buttons
      7. Modifying tabs
      8. Work area personalization
      9. Summary
    9. 3. Better Navigation
      1. Faster navigation in a file
      2. Faster navigation in Vim help
      3. Search and you will find
      4. X marks the spot
      5. Summary
    10. 4. Production Boosters
      1. Using templates
      2. Using tag lists
      3. Using autocompletion
      4. Using macro recording
      5. Using sessions
      6. Registers and undo branching
      7. Using undo branching
      8. Folding
      9. Open files anywhere
      10. Summary
    11. 5. Advanced Formatting
      1. Formatting text
      2. Formatting code
      3. Using external formatting tools
      4. Summary
    12. 6. Basic Vim Scripting
      1. Syntax-color schemes
      2. Syntax regions
      3. Using scripts
      4. Script development
      5. Summary
    13. 7. Extended Vim Scripting
      1. Script structure
      2. Scripting tips
      3. Debugging Vim scripts
      4. Distributing Vim scripts
      5. Remember the documentation
      6. Using external interpreters
      7. Summary
    14. A. Vim Can Do Everything
      1. Vim games
      2. Programmers IDE
      3. Mail program
      4. Chat with Vim
      5. Using Vim as a Twitter client
    15. B. Vim Configuration Alternatives
      1. Tips for keeping your vimrc file clean
      2. A vimrc setup system
      3. Storing vimrc online
    16. Index
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Registers and undo branching

You might know the feeling when you delete or cut something from your text, and realize later that you needed that text elsewhere. If you have already copied / cut another piece of text, then the old text is gone because the clipboard normally has room only for one piece of text—but not in Vim.

In Vim, you have two tools that can help when you modify your text and need to keep a track of deleted / copied text or changes to the text in general:

  • Registers: Registers is sort of an advanced clipboard with multiple buffers for storing your clippings, deleted, and copied text.
  • Undo branching: Undo branching is a simple form of version control built into Vim. It gives you the possibility to roll back the changes to a file ...

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