Whenever I write ];, in VIM-80 under Cygwin, these symbols get highlighted in yellow. This is a bit annoying and I want it removed.

Following the on-line help I found the file "usr_44.txt", regarding syntax highlighting. I tried the command :syntax clear, but no luck.

It may well be the case that this stems from me learning VIM, pressing keys frustrated while stuck in the editor. Anyway, how can I remove it ?

  • “Whenever”—all types of files, only c code, etc? The question is pretty unclear and could use more detail
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented Dec 28, 2018 at 18:34
  • Whenever - e.g. no filetype specified, so yes: all types of files. Sorry bout question being unclear. If I write "];", which I often do, particularly for c-files, then these keys gets highlighted in yellow
    – drC1Ron
    Commented Dec 28, 2018 at 18:41
  • Can you find out what syntax group they apply to or what highlight is “yellowing” them? Have you tried “nohlsearch” to turn off highlighting from the last search?
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented Dec 28, 2018 at 19:21
  • Could this be the matchparen that you're seeing? Commented Dec 28, 2018 at 23:24
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    @D. Ben Knoble - The "nohlsearch" did the trick. Thanks and happy new year. Cheers and greetings from the north
    – drC1Ron
    Commented Dec 29, 2018 at 18:58

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As determined in the comments, ]; formed the last search pattern (as set by :global, :substitute, /, or ?—cf. :help quote_/), and 'hlsearch' was set.

Therefore, the characters were highlighted (usually a distinct yellow).

The solution to (temporarily) stop the highlight is :nohlsearch.

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