expand(<cword>) gives me the word under the cursor, but it excludes symbols such as @ or .. For example, if I call it at the end of @word, it will get me word and exclude the @.

Is there a way that I could include symbols as part of the current word?

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The characters that are included in a Vim word are set by the 'iskeyword' option. See

:help <word>
:help word
:help 'iskeyword'

To add another character to this set, such as ., execute the following:

:set iskeyword+=.


:help :set+=

Note that the character @ is special, so it has be added like this:

:set iskeyword+=@-@


:help 'isfname'
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    @-@? Is that Bram's way of showing he's mad at use for making @ part of words?
    – muru
    Commented Jul 22, 2015 at 5:59
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    Note that there are side effects to changing iskeyword. For example, if you add @ to iskeyword, the standard word motion command (w) will also move across e.g. @word @otherword. Commented Jul 22, 2015 at 14:13

Use expand(<cWORD>).

From :help :<cWORD>:

<cWORD> is replaced with the WORD under the cursor (see WORD)

and from :help WORD:

A WORD consists of a sequence of non-blank characters, separated with white space. An empty line is also considered to be a WORD.

A sequence of folded lines is counted for one word of a single character. "w" and "W", "e" and "E" move to the start/end of the first word or WORD after a range of folded lines. "b" and "B" move to the start of the first word or WORD before the fold.

  • Thanks, @Carpetsmoker! I didn't have the time to expand my answer until now. Commented Jul 22, 2015 at 14:04
  • viW, ciW, diW, yiW also will works like <cWORD> against <cword>
    – Mamrezo
    Commented Oct 12, 2020 at 1:34

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