I performed following command


on the code below manually visually selected:

return _.round(this.getTotalAbs(), 2).toFixed(2);

And it worked as intended

return _.round(this.getTotalAbs(), digit).toFixed(digit);

Now I want to repeat the same substitute command on another code snippet manually selected via visual selection mode, with one keystroke(if possible).

  • You can type :'<, and then up arrow. It will show the previous substitute. Are you okay with any mappings?
    – SibiCoder
    Commented Jun 30, 2016 at 14:27
  • @SibiCoder I do not want to create mapping. I want to use native command if available within vim.
    – WitVault
    Commented Jun 30, 2016 at 14:31
  • You'll have to create a mapping if you want a single keystroke.
    – Antony
    Commented Jun 30, 2016 at 15:22

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I think you want to do @: which replays the last ex command.

See :h @:

Note that this command can be called from normal mode and from visual mode. Also in this case it is not useful but you can also prefix it with a count.

Edit In the comments @Antony pointed out an interesting command: :& (:h :&):

  • & can be used in normal mode to repeat the last substitute command without its flags
  • :&& can be used in ex mode to repeat the last substitute command keeping the flags.
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    Or :&& to repeat the last substitution with the same flags.
    – Antony
    Commented Jun 30, 2016 at 15:20
  • @Antony: Cool command I didn't knew it.
    – statox
    Commented Jun 30, 2016 at 15:30

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