When having selected something in visual mode where I want to perform a find-and-replace I always have to run :'<,'>s/foo/bar/g manually. Is there some way so that I can bind it to some key combination that I have to press whilst in visual mode, so that the command automatically appears with the cursor at s/[cursor here] and when I press tab the cursor jumps to s/foo/[jump here]?

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    You might be interested in <C-r><C-w> and <C-r><C-a> on the : command-line, to insert the word (WORD) under the cursor.
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented Jul 12, 2022 at 14:31

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For the first demand you can create a mapping in visual mode.


vnoremap s :s/

In visual mode if you hit s it will make sure the command line is filled with: :'<,'>s/

For the second demand it is unclear how you want foo to be discovered or is it a constant foo.

Remark: If you already searched for foo in the previous search you could also have:


as equivalent as:

  • I don't want it to be discovered, I want that the cursor jumps to the position where I would write the word I want to replace and then jumps to the position where I write the word I want to replace it with
    – Richard
    Commented Jul 11, 2022 at 20:46
  • With my proposition you would: 1. hit s, 2. type your word (e.g. foo), 3. type / (instead of <tab>) and 4. type the replacing word (e.g. bar). Would that fit the bill? Commented Jul 11, 2022 at 20:49
  • yes, thanks a lot!
    – Richard
    Commented Jul 11, 2022 at 20:51

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