(Neo)vim Macro to Create Numbered Lists

I usually encounter this when saving notes about list of items that are not numbered but are generally better off being itemized. Since this is such a common scenario I did find a couple of posts1 2 that explained the method but they had edge cases which were not handled properly.

Say you want to note down a shopping list and then decide to number it later,

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Start off by numbering the first line and then move the cursor to the second line. Then, the steps are

  1. Start recording the macro into a register, say a, by using qa.
  2. Press k to go one line up.
  3. yW to copy one big word, in this case “1. ”.
  4. Then j to come one line down and | to go to the start of the line.
  5. Use [p to paste before and | to go the beginning.
  6. To increment, Ctrl+A and then j and | to set it up for subsequent runs.

To run the macro, go to the next line and execute @a. For repeating it 3 times, you can use 3@a.

  1. https://stackoverflow.com/a/4224521 ↩︎

  2. https://techedemic.com/2013/04/15/using-vim-to-create-a-numbered-list-e-g-list-of-ip-addresses/ ↩︎

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