How to replace text between quotes in vi or vim?

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So, my question was if for example we have this line of code:

$query = "SELECT * FROM table";

is there a command in vi/vim which can instantly delete everything between quotes and position the cursor between them so I can start typing immediatelly?

The answer, by user eugene y, was:

Use ci", which means: change what’s inside the double quotes.

You can also manipulate other text objects in a similar way, e.g.:

  • ciw – change inside a word
  • ci( – change inside parentheses
  • dit – delete inside an HTML tag, etc.

More about different vim text objects here.

Written by Nikola Brežnjak