If I have a file that contains


I search for "first" /first and my cursor is placed onto the start of the word "first".

I know I can change this word by doing ct_ but I wonder if there's a different way, is there a way to "change inside currently highlighted text" ?

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You can do:


gn will do a visual selection of the search result, then c is, as you know, change.

Also, cgn works (change the next occurence of the search result).

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    Commented Apr 24, 2019 at 14:59
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    Related Vimcasts episode: Operating on search matches using gn Commented Apr 24, 2019 at 15:35
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    @theonlygusti :help and :helpgrep are my go-tos
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    @theonlygusti for searching i like :helpgrep.
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    @theonlygusti if you are looking for text-objects, start reading at :h text-objects. And note, the gn and gN is mentioned right there. Commented Apr 25, 2019 at 7:30

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