(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,
Soy milk Carrots Tomatoes Pasta
Start off by numbering the first line and then move the cursor to the second line. Then, the steps are
- Start recording the macro into a register, say
a, by using
kto go one line up.
yWto copy one big word, in this case “1. ”.
jto come one line down and
|to go to the start of the line.
[pto paste before and
|to go the beginning.
- To increment,
|to set it up for subsequent runs.
To run the macro, go to the next line and execute
For repeating it 3 times, you can use