Replacing text based on whats in the current search register is a quite handy tool that I use often. I believe I picked this tip up from Nic Janetakis, check out his YouTube channel for some amazing vim tips.
If there is one thing that I Like most about vim it's the ability to hack on it and make it work well for you.
Vim can often be a bit verbose, but that's ok because we can hack on it, and make our own shortcuts and keybindings. For instance, finding and replacing text requires using a command at the vim command-line
:. Replacing foo with
bar looks like this
:%s/foo/bar/g, the final g means all of the foos, not just the first one on the line.
I have a keybinding in my
init.vim that will allow me to search for a pattern with the usual
/ character, page through them as normal with
N, but when I press
<C-R> it will populate the replace command for me so that all I need to do is type out the new text.
nnoremap <c-r> :%s/<C-R>///g<Left><Left>
In command mode
: vim allows you to paste any text from any register into the current command. The
<C-R>/ will paste the text from the current search register into the command.
<C-R> in command mode can paste text from any register, you can see what registers are in use with the
:reg command. There are a lot of them and many get populated automatically as you yank text or create macros.
Also see how to use to save macros to key bindings easily