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A quick reference for Vim's built-in netrw file selector.
Map Action
<F1> Causes Netrw to issue help
<cr> Netrw will enter the directory or read the file
<del> Netrw will attempt to remove the file/directory
- Makes Netrw go up one directory
a Toggles between normal display, hiding (suppress display of files matching g:netrw_list_hide) showing (display only files which match g:netrw_list_hide)
c Make browsing directory the current directory
C Setting the editing window
d Make a directory
D Attempt to remove the file(s)/directory(ies)
gb Go to previous bookmarked directory
gh Quick hide/unhide of dot-files
<c-h> Edit file hiding list
i Cycle between thin, long, wide and tree listings
<c-l> Causes Netrw to refresh the directory listing
mb Bookmark current directory
mc Copy marked files to marked-file target directory
md Apply diff to marked files (up to 3)
me Place marked files on arg list and edit them
mf Mark a file
mh Toggle marked file suffices' presence on hiding list
mm Move marked files to marked-file target directory
mp Print marked files
mr Mark files satisfying a shell-style
mt Current browsing directory becomes markfile target
mT Apply ctags to marked files
mu Unmark all marked files
mx Apply arbitrary shell command to marked files
mz Compress/decompress marked files
o Enter the file/directory under the cursor in a new browser window. A horizontal split is used.
O Obtain a file specified by cursor
p Preview the file
P Browse in the previously used window
qb List bookmarked directories and history
qf Display information on file
r Reverse sorting order
R Rename the designed file(s)/directory(ies)
s Select sorting style: by name, time or file size
S Specify suffix priority for name-sorting
t Enter the file/directory under the cursor in a new tab
u Change to recently-visited directory
U Change to subsequently-visited directory
v Enter the file/directory under the cursor in a new browser window. A vertical split is used.
x View file with an associated program
X Execute filename under cursor via
% Open a new file in netrw's current directory
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MK-314 commented Jul 15, 2022

In order to copy the content of directory/folder A to folder B:

  1. mark A with "mf"
  2. mark B with "mf" (order matters)
  3. press "mX" and enter: cp -r % %

To remove directory/folder A:

  1. mark A with "mf"
  2. press "mX" and enter: rm -r %

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Hey @davidmaxwaterman I created a bookmarklet that lets you remove all the "github fluff" here:

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