Stay in Search Mode
You are probably already aware that you can search in Vim by typing
/ and entering a pattern. Typically you might search like so:
<CR>, aka carriage return or “Enter”, immediately exits search mode. That means that refining the search patterns and running it again requires that you return to search mode using
/ followed by the up arrow to reenter the previous pattern. Then you can modify the pattern and try again. But there is a better way!
ctrl-g– Jumps to the next occurrence of the pattern, but keeps focus in the command line
ctrl-t– Jumps to the previous occurrence, but again keeps focus in your search
To use these commands, make sure you have incremental search enabled. Either run the
:set incsearch command or put
set incsearch in your
.vimrc, which we’d highly recommend.
This allows for a search workflow that where you can see and page through the matches while modifying and refining your search pattern. Here’s a short screencast of these in action:
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