Replacing text in vim can be quite frustrating especially since it doesn't have live feedback to what is changing. Today I was watching Josh Branchaud's Vim-Unalphabet series on Youtuve and realized that his vim was doing this and I had to have it.
neovim can live highlight substitutions.— Waylon Walker 🐍 (@_WaylonWalker) January 4, 2021
How to do it.
I had to do a bit of searching and found a great post from
that shows exactly how to get the live search and replace highlighting using
'inccommand' 'icm' string (default "") global "nosplit": Shows the effects of a command incrementally, as you type. "split" : Also shows partial off-screen results in a preview window. Works for |:substitute|, |:smagic|, |:snomagic|. |hl-Substitute| If the preview is too slow (exceeds 'redrawtime') then 'inccommand' is automatically disabled until |Command-line-mode| is done.
Add this to your config
I believe that this is a neovim only feature, add it into your
file. You can see it in my
See it in Action
The Video that inspired this
Check out Josh Branchaud's great series on the Vim-Unalphabet.