I have set smartcase in my init.vim so searching with /lowercase is case-insensitive, which is usually what I want. However, I sometimes want to do a case-sensitive search where my target is all lowercase, like /include.

I know that prepending a search with \c as in /\csearch makes the whole search case-insensitive.

Is there a quick way (maybe similar to the \c) with smartcase set to make just 1 search instance case-sensitive without using uppercase characters in the search?

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You can use \C to force the pattern to be case-sensitive.

See :help /\C, which explains it alongside \c:

\C does the opposite: Force matching case for the whole pattern.

In your specific case: /\Cinclude will search for only the lowercase matches of "include".

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