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Comment stuff out. Use \\\ to comment out a line (takes a count), \\ to comment out the target of a motion (for example, \\ap to comment out a paragraph), and \\ in visual mode to comment out the selection. That's it.

I wrote this because 5 years after Vim added support for mapping an operator, I still couldn't find a commenting plugin that leveraged that feature (I overlooked tcomment.vim). Striving for minimalism, it weighs in at under 100 lines of code.

Oh, and it uncomments, too. The above maps actually toggle, and \\u uncomments a set of adjacent commented lines. Install repeat.vim to enable repeating \\u with . (the other maps are repeatable without it).


If you don't have a preferred installation method, I recommend installing pathogen.vim, and then simply copy and paste:

cd ~/.vim/bundle
git clone git://

Once help tags have been generated, you can view the manual with :help commentary.


My favorite file type isn't supported!

Relax! You just have to adjust 'commentstring':

autocmd FileType apache set commentstring=#\ %s


See the contribution guidelines for pathogen.vim.


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Copyright (c) Tim Pope. Distributed under the same terms as Vim itself. See :help license.

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