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vi: search string "^~" (unlikley pattern). Useful after search/highlight when you want to drop the highlighting.

Terminal - vi: search string "^~" (unlikley pattern). Useful after search/highlight when you want to drop the highlighting.
2012-08-02 21:10:23
User: mpb
vi: search string "^~" (unlikley pattern). Useful after search/highlight when you want to drop the highlighting.

When searching in vi, the search string gets highlighted but the highlighting can become a nuisance.

By searching for the very unlikely pattern "^~" the highlighting is effectively switched off.


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The proper way to take care of this issue is:


which stands for "no highlighting"

Comment by silbak04 227 weeks and 1 day ago



won't work, certainly for any recent versions of vim. You need to type


which is short for "no highlight search"

Comment by flatcap 227 weeks and 1 day ago

:noh works fine in vim 7.3.429 for me.

Comment by mrfixit42 227 weeks and 1 day ago

The three characters /^~ are faster to type than :noh

Comment by mpb 227 weeks and 1 day ago

@silnak04 What is a "proper way" ? The expression: "There is more than one way to skin a cat." seems appropriate.

What can I tell you? "/^~" works very well and I have used it for years.

Anyway, thank you for suggesting ":soh". It's useful to know another way to skin this particular cat. :-)

Comment by mpb 227 weeks and 1 day ago

Put this in your .vimrc so that pressing enter (while in edit mode) will toggle highlighting. Normally enter doesn't really do anything except move the cursor down a line.

" toggles search highlighting

nnoremap / :set hls/

nnoremap n :set hlsn

nnoremap N :set hlsN

nnoremap :set invhls

Comment by dstahlke 226 weeks and 3 days ago

@dstahlke Thank you for sharing that .vimrc idea.

I personally avoid making too many configuration files because I work on multiple machines and it's a bit of a nuisance having to reset all my preferred settings in config files on each new machine.

This is another reason why I like the simple solution of "/^~"

Comment by mpb 216 weeks and 4 days ago

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