Title : Kakoune editor cheatsheet Author: Solène Date : 02 December 2020 Tags : kakoune editor cheatsheet This is a simple kakoune cheat sheet to help me (and readers) remember some very useful features. To see kakoune in action. => https://asciinema.org/a/370168 Video showing various features in made with asciinema. => https://kakoune.org Official kakoune website (it has a video) # Commands (in command mode) ## Select from START to END position. Use `Z` to mark start and `alt+z i` to select unti current position. ## Add a vertical cursor (useful to mimic rectangle operation) Type `C` to add a new cursor below your current cursor. ## Clear all cursors Type `space` to remove all cursors except one. ## Pasting text verbatim (without completion/indentation) You have to use "disable hook" command before inserting text. This is done with `\i` with `\` disabling hooks. ## Split selection into cursors When you make a selection, you can use `s` and type a pattern, this will create a new cursor at the start of every pattern match. This is useful to make replacements for words or characters. A pattern can be a word, a letter, or even `^` to tell the beginning of each line. # How-to In kakoune there are often multiples way to do operations. ## Select multiples lines ### Multiples cursors Go to first line, press `J` to create cursors below and press `X` to select whole lines of every cursors. ### Using start / end markers Press `Z` on first line, and `alt+z i` on last line and then press `X` to select whole lines of every lines. ### Using selections Press `X` until you reach the last line. ## Replace characters or words Make a selection and type `|`, you are then asked for a shell command, you have to use `sed`. Sed can be used, but you can also select the lines and split the selection to make a new cursor before each word and replace the content by typing it, using the `s` command. ## Format lines For my blog I format paragraphs so lines are not longer than 80 characters. This can be done by selecting lines and run `fmt` using a pipe command. You can use other software if fmt doesn't please you.