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Stop Vim From Highlighting Search Results

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You can search to words in vim using the ‘/’ key when you’re in command mode. Unfortunately, new admins in their desperation to find a word may inadvertently specify a term too generic.

Vim provides search highlighting, but sometimes, the results are just plain fugly. For example, when searching for the word module in a httpd.conf file, this is what could happen: [caption id=”attachment_212” align=”aligncenter” width=”300” caption=”Vim showing Highlights”]Vim
showing Highlights[/caption]

Yeah, not really the the most visually pleasing. To temporarily turn of highlighting, just type


in vim command mode.

The next time you search for something, or press the ‘n’ key, it will be automatically turned back on.