Replacing text based on whats in the current search register is a quite handy tool that I use often. I believe I picked this tip up from Nick Janetakis, check out his YouTube channel for some amazing vim tips.
If there is one thing that I Like most about vim it's the ability to hack on it and make it work well for you.
Replacing text in vim
Vim can often be a bit verbose, but that's ok because we can hack on it, and
make our own shortcuts and keybindings. For instance, finding and replacing
text requires using a command at the vim command-line
. Replacing foo with
bar looks like this
, the final g means all of the foos, not just
the first one on the line.
making it better
I have a keybinding in my
that will allow me to search for a pattern
with the usual
character, page through them as normal with
when I press
it will populate the replace command for me so that all I
need to do is type out the new text.
nnoremap <c-r> :%s/<C-R>///g<Left><Left>
Note on the
In command mode
vim allows you to paste any text from any register into the
current command. The
will paste the text from the current search
register into the command.
in command mode can paste text from any register, you can see what
registers are in use with the
command. There are a lot of them and many
get populated automatically as you yank text or create macros.
Also see how to use
to save macros to key bindings easily