How to quickly create Setext headers when writing Markdown with Vim

When writing Markdown, you can define headers using the Setext style like so:

This is a header

If you use Vim for writing your text, you can quickly turn a line into a header with this short key combination:


What it does (bold text indicates the current cursor position/selection):

  1. yy yanks (copies) the current line:
    I want to be a header
  2. p pastes the yanked line below the current one and places the cursor on the first character of the pasted line
    I want to be a header
    I want to be a header
  3. V visually selects the current line (the pasted one)
    I want to be a header
    I want to be a header
  4. r= replaces every character in the current selection with the character =
    I want to be a header

Easy, right? Another reason to love Vim! 🙂

Über Stefan

Polyglot Clean Code Developer

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    This will be displayed in a monospaced font. The first four 
    spaces will be stripped off, but all other whitespace
    will be preserved.
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Here is some inline `code`.

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