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 vimcasts 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
~/.config/nvim/init.vim 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.