vim: create function to remove white spaces

In the .vimrc file, add the following lines ( here ^M is a special character for the return carriage created using CTRL+V):

#remove tabs
function removeM()
%s/^M//
:endfunction
 
function removeWhiteSpace()
%s/^ \+ $//
%s/^ $//
%s/ \+$//
%s/ $//
:endfunction

those functions call then be called within vim typing:

call removeWhiteSpace()

some Explanation of the function removeWhiteSpace().

  1. first line replaces a line that starts and ends with white spaces
  2. second line replaces a single white space that is alone on a line.
  3. third line replaces the end of a line that finishes with trailing spaces
  4. same as 3 but for the single white space case
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