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How To Comment Several Lines Quickly Using VIM

written by Sudheer Satyanarayana on 2012-12-20

If you have to insert comment on several lines do you do manually insert the comment character in every line? Stop. Vim is a really good editor and has a nice feature to accomplish this quickly. Here are the steps:

  1. Enter visual blocking mode by pressing CTRL V (CTRL key and the lowercase v). 1 .Make your selection using motion keys(jklm, etc).
  2. Press I(uppercase I) to enter block insert mode.
  3. Press #, the comment character.
  4. Press Esc key. The comment character # will be inserted on each line the visual block selection.

Read more about visual blocking mode using the vim help topic visual-block. At the command line(:), type help visual-block.