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Is there any way to have vim highlight the search with / and ? but not when putting cursor on a word and pressing * or #?

:set hlsearch and :set nohlsearch turn it on and off for both.

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I don't think there's anything better than switching highlight off just after the search:

set hlsearch
nnoremap <silent>* *:noh<CR>
nnoremap <silent># #:noh<CR>
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  • Thanks @Matt, this works, but it flashes the highlighting right after pressing * or #. Is there a way that doesn't do this? May 9, 2020 at 14:29
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    @ThaddaeusMarkle Try set lazyredraw if you still don't have it. But there's no guarantee it helps.
    – Matt
    May 9, 2020 at 14:39
  • thanks, that works! May 10, 2020 at 16:59
  • A problem I've been facing with this is that set lazyredraw causes lots of lag, especially after vim has been open for a long time. May 28, 2020 at 22:52
  • @ThaddaeusMarkle I doubt I can help you. Personally, I simply set incsearch honlsearch and don't mess with it. You can try to raise an issue on Vim's github page.
    – Matt
    May 29, 2020 at 4:42
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Maybe you want to try this :

  1. Open ~/.vimrc (create it if it didn't exist).
  2. Add "set hlsearch" in the file.
  3. Save the file.

Hope this will help.

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  • Welcome to Vi and Vim! Unfortunately this doesn't really answer the question, if you re-read it you'll see the OP is already familiar with hlsearch but wants to temporarily disable while using the * and # commands that search for the word under the cursor...
    – filbranden
    May 8, 2020 at 11:15
  • ahh, i see. that means I misunderstood this topic..
    – YonzLeon
    May 8, 2020 at 13:23

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