I don't actually want f itself to wrap across lines, but I would like to know how I can create a single key mapping which will jump to the next instance of the letter which follows it.

The mapping could be f or something else; perhaps I would use <C-/> which seems unbound.

The intention is that it would operate sort of like a function, and would take the next letter as its argument and perform:


Is this possible, or would there have to be a separate key mapping for every letter, e.g.

nnoremap <C-/>a /a<CR>
nnoremap <C-/>b /b<CR>



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You could do something like this:

nnoremap <expr> <c-f> '/' . nr2char(getchar()) . '<cr>'

See :h getchar and :h nr2char for more info.

  • I can't seem to get this to work. I tried typing it in as an ex command (i.e. prefixing it with : starting from normal mode) but when I then tried <c-/> nothing happened.
    – Wildcard
    Mar 19, 2016 at 8:39
  • Strange. Could you try to use f instead of <c-/>? Mar 19, 2016 at 12:35
  • Just tried it; still doesn't do anything.
    – Wildcard
    Mar 19, 2016 at 12:40
  • Ok, that's very strange. This works as expected at my end. Did you remember the <expr> part? Mar 19, 2016 at 13:26
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    Same thing for me: it works with F2 but not <c-/>.
    – statox
    Mar 19, 2016 at 15:43

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