Vim regex-fu for LaTeX

When writing a beamer presentation with LaTeX, I organize my presentation into sections and subsections. Frequently, the title of the first frame (slide) in a subsection has the same name as the subsection. Let’s say I start off with the following structure:

GeSHi Error: GeSHi could not find the language tex (using path /home/robfelty/ (code 2)

For each subsection, I want to put in one frame, with the name of the subsection being the name of the frame. Regular expressions to the rescue! In vim, all I have to is use V to select each line with subsection, then I hit :, which allows me to operate on those lines only.


is automatically inserted after the colon, which stands for “from the beginning of the highlighted section to the end of it”. Then I use s to perform my substitution. \r inserts a new line.


The result is:

GeSHi Error: GeSHi could not find the language tex (using path /home/robfelty/ (code 2)
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  2. Jan Hlavacek says:

    Instead of selecting lines, you can also do


    The advantage is that it will work even if you have other text between the lines with \subsection.

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