In this article I will show you some of the mappings I use within vim for mail editing.


I am a console centric person, using mutt and vim for mails. I use one e-mail address per person or situation (i.e. you can reach me at nico-thepowerofvim at to be able to filter or delete e-mail addresses easily.

Macros / Mappings

One of the really nice things of vim is being able to use macros (map in vim slang).

Replace Mail Address (static)

Many times I would like to replace the mail address mutt selected for sending with my company address. For this I use a mapping assigned to F2:

map <F2> G$/^From:<CR>/<<CR>lc/><CR>nico.schottelius --AT--<ESC>/^$<CR>

This essentially finds the first From: line, removes everything betwenn < and > and inserts my company mail address.

Replace Mail Address (dynamic)

In most cases however, I use a mail address in the style (there is no catch all, if you were thinking about this). I have mutt setup to use as the from address and have a macro mapped to F3 that allows me to replace the part after nico- until the @ easily:

<F3> G$/^From:<CR>/<nico-<CR>wwlc/@<CR>

Replace everything until the signature

Quite often I am done with replying to an email, but have leftovers from the original mail. To be able to delete everything easily until the end of the mail (i.e. until -- and a space), I use F4:

map <F4> c/^-- <CR>