How to Delete All Lines in Vim

Reading time: 1 min Written by Marco Tschannett

Deleting all files of a document is not a very common use case. Needlessly it has to be done sometimes.

Disclaimer: This is part of my vim commands “repo”. I use this posts to archive solutions for text editiong problems I faced while using vim. To listen all shortcuts look here.


I want to delete all lines of my currently opened file. Nothing should be saved.


  1. gg - Move cursor to first line.
  2. dG - Delete everything from current position to the last line of the file

To summarize this commands: We move the cursor to the first line of the current document. After that we tell VIM that we want to delete everything to the last line of the document.


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