This question is related to Do a forward slash search but don't have vim immediately jump to the string? but is not a dup.

I recently updated my Linux box (clicked on the "install updates" button in my Fedora distro' gui), and it has definitely changed Vim's behavior:

In Normal Mode, I used to perform the following keystroke sequence to replace all instances of the entire word under my cursor: :, %, s,/,\,<,Ctrl-r,Ctrl-w,\,>,/,replacement,/,g

Post-update, things have changed such that after the first / in that sequence, vim immediately moves the cursor and starts searching. This effectively kills my ability to use the Ctrl-r,Ctrl-w sequence to insert the word currently under the cursor.

Based on the answer to the noted question, I tried modifying my keystroke sequence to insert a : before the first / in that sequence, but that does not work: the Ctrl-r,Ctrl-w sequence inserts some other word (not the word under the cursor).

Is there a way to just disable this "search immediately if you type /" feature altogether? (I.e. instead of having to change your key-sequence as per the noted question) Or what can I do to restore things so that the old, noted, "replace everywhere" keystroke-sequence works again?

$ vim --version                                                                                 
VIM - Vi IMproved 8.1 (2018 May 18, compiled Oct 22 2019 12:17:41)
Included patches: 1-2198                                                                       
Modified by <[email protected]>                                                              
Compiled by <[email protected]>
$ cat ~/.vimrc
execute pathogen#infect()

set backspace=indent,eol,start
set shiftwidth=2
set softtabstop=2
set expandtab
set smarttab
set cino+=(0
set statusline=
set statusline +=\[%n]    " buffer number
set statusline +=\%F      " File
set statusline +=%=%l/%L  " currentLine/totalLine
set statusline +=%4v      " virtual column
set laststatus=2
set number
set ruler                 " show the cursor position all the time
set scrolloff=7           " start scrolling when cursor is 7 lines from top/bottom
set t_Co=256
set textwidth=80
set formatoptions=croqlt  " Hard-wrap when typing exceeds <textwidth>
set hlsearch
syntax on
filetype plugin indent on
autocmd FileType make set noexpandtab shiftwidth=4 softtabstop=0
colorscheme Base2Tone_MorningDark

" highlights
hi Search ctermfg=black ctermbg=yellow
hi LineNr ctermfg=yellow ctermbg=NONE
hi Normal ctermfg=NONE ctermbg=NONE

" syntastic stuff
let g:syntastic_check_on_open = 1
let g:syntastic_always_populate_loc_list = 1
let g:syntastic_check_on_wq = 1
let g:syntastic_c_checkers = ['cppcheck']
let g:syntastic_cpp_checkers = ['cppcheck']
let g:syntastic_python_checkers = ['flake8']
let g:syntastic_javascript_checkers = ['eslint']

I don't really know what version of vim I had before the upgrade, and I'd have no idea how to go about unearthing that information now.

1 Answer 1


This is due to an upgrade to 'incsearch'. Turning it off should do the trick.

P.S.: you could map the key stroke instead:

nnoremap <leader>cw :%s/<cword>/

But I prefer

nnoremap <leader>cw :let @/=expand('<cword>')<CR>cgn

which sets the search pattern, but doesn't highlight, and then uses the .-repeatable cgn command.

  • 1
    TIL: "incsearch". So bonus thank you for educating me on the term for this feature.
    – StoneThrow
    Dec 8, 2019 at 2:19

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