The following tips are from the post “My vimperator settings“, but they are somewhat hidden in the text :)
So, when browsing, a common task is to get the address or the title of the current web page. Getting the address is easy, but for the title we need to consult the page source. How to get these data painlessly and copy them to the clipboard?
- Visit the post “My vimperator settings” and install vimperator + my config file.
- For copying the URL address, use the command “y”.
- For copying the title of the page, use the command “ALT + y”.
Update (20110502): This post was updated for Vimperator 3.1. Copy/paste is corrected in this new version, thus the plugin mswin.vimp is not needed anymore. I removed that part from the post.
“Vimperator is a Firefox browser extension with strong inspiration from the Vim text editor, with a mind towards faster and more efficient browsing. It has similar key bindings and you could call it a modal web browser, as key bindings differ according to which mode you are in. For example, it has a special Hint mode, where you can follow links easily with the keyboard only. Also most functionality is available as commands, typing :back will go back within the current page history, just like hitting the back button in the toolbar.” (source)
Vimperator is a very useful Firefox add-on. When I reinstall a system, this is one of the first add-ons that I need to install in order to be able to work efficiently :)
Here are my config files:
To tell the truth, I only use a very small subset of the features offered by Vimperator. Here are my favourites:
ESC(hitting the ESC key => enter command mode)
k(Scroll down and up. To memorize:
jlooks like a down arrow.)
r(reload the page)
o URL(open URL in the current tab)
t URL(open URL in a focused new tab)
T URL(Open URL in an unfocused new tab. This is a custom feature added to my config file.)
/ SEARCH_TERM(Vim-like, case-insensitive incremental search. Pressing
nyou can jump to the next the search hit.)
d(close the current tab)
u(Restore a closed tab. Can be used repeatedly to restore several closed tabs.)
:res(Restart the browser. It’ll restore the tab set.)
gu(From the current URL, remove the part after the last ‘/’. Example: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/central/ becomes http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/)
gU(In the current URL, leave the host name only. Example: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/central/ becomes http://www.mozilla.com/)
gg(jump to the top of the page)
G(jump to the end of the page)
y(copy the current URL to the clipboard)
ALT+y(Copy page title to the clipboard. This is a custom feature added to my config file.)
- Shortcuts; I just love them. You have a favourite site, say http://slashdot.org/, and you want to assign an alias to this site, for instance “sd”. Then, you’d like to open this site by using the command “
:o sd“. To this end, visit the site (here http://slashdot.org/), and assign a bookamark to it by “
:bma -k=sd“. From now on, “sd” is associated to http://slashdot.org/. You can type “sd” in the address bar too.
If you know some cool tips, please share with us in the comments.