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  66. <div class="entry-content"><p>Copying and pasting between the clipboard and vim has always been a nightmare for me. You find a big chunk of code you want to copy over to your project, tab over to vim, get into insert mode, and hit Command + v. What do you get? A big wall of text that has every line tabbed over. Definitely not the format you were trying to copy over.</p>
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  72. </pre></td><td class='code'><pre><code class='javascript'><span class='line'><span class="nb">window</span><span class="p">.</span><span class="nx">setTimeout</span><span class="p">((</span><span class="kd">function</span><span class="p">()</span> <span class="p">{</span>
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  79. <p>The easiest fix for this is to set the paste mode before you head into insert the code:</p>
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  81. </pre></td><td class='code'><pre><code class=''><span class='line'>:set paste</span></code></pre></td></tr></table></div></figure>
  82. <p>You&rsquo;ll notice the statusline shows you in <code>PASTE</code> mode and the tooltip shows <code>-- INSERT (paste) --</code>. Paste in your code and things should be good. When you&rsquo;re done, revert back with:</p>
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  84. </pre></td><td class='code'><pre><code class=''><span class='line'>:set nopaste</span></code></pre></td></tr></table></div></figure>
  85. <p>Another option is to set your pastetoggle key.</p>
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  87. </pre></td><td class='code'><pre><code class=''><span class='line'>:set pastetoggle=&lt;F2></span></code></pre></td></tr></table></div></figure>
  88. <p>The above code will set the F2 key to toggle between paste and nopaste.</p>
  89. <p>What I <em>REALLY</em> want is a way to yy and pp from my system clipboard and have it work in vim. One large problem with this is that the methods that OS X uses to go to and from the clipboard (pbcopy and pbpaste) break when you work in tmux sessions.</p>
  90. <p>To fix this, we need to install <code>reattach-to-user-namespace</code> from <a href="https://github.com/ChrisJohnsen/tmux-MacOSX-pasteboard">ChrisJohnsen/tmux-MacOSX-pasteboard</a>. We can install this threw brew:</p>
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  92. </pre></td><td class='code'><pre><code class=''><span class='line'>brew install reattach-to-user-namespace</span></code></pre></td></tr></table></div></figure>
  93. <p>and in our .vimrc, add the following line:</p>
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  95. </pre></td><td class='code'><pre><code class=''><span class='line'>set clipboard=unnamed</span></code></pre></td></tr></table></div></figure>
  96. <p>Now, anything you yank from vim is available in the clipboard, and anything in the clipboard is available to paste in vim!</p>
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