I've found many questions about disabling search highlighting in vim, but couldn't find the way to disable highlighting in location list. enter image description here

As you can see, yellow highlighting is shown on the first line inside location list.

I want to disable it.

Could someone tell me how to do it?

  • that first line is a cursor that you can move with the up/down arrow, or j/k. You can then press <return> to jump to that said location. Due to that I would not recommend to not highlight the cursor.
    – padawin
    Commented Nov 30, 2020 at 10:19
  • Thank you for your quick reply. I understand it's useful to jump to the said location, but my question was is there a way to disable the highlighting. Can I do that?
    – tet
    Commented Nov 30, 2020 at 10:29

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The highlight rule you are looking for should be QuickFixLine.

So disabling the background would be done in your .vimrc with:

highlight QuickFixLine ctermbg=none
  • Note that this does not alter the ability to jump to a location from the location/quickfix window.
    – padawin
    Commented Nov 30, 2020 at 11:07
  • Yes, this is exactly what I was looking for. The ability to jump to the said location with no highlighting. Thank you.
    – tet
    Commented Nov 30, 2020 at 11:13

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