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Vim – remove the yellow highlight

Be honest. Sometimes happened also to you to see a file that you edited a while ago with Vim, still showing that terribly annoying yellow highlight. And I’m sure you probably gave up, thinking that the time was going to remove it.

Wrong! 😛

Here how to get rid of it:

  1. open the file
  2. press ESC
  3. type :nohl
  4. press Enter

Alternatively, the way I kept to use (which seems easier to remember), is actually search for some crazy string.
For example:

  1. open the file
  2. press ESC
  3. type /fkjsaddflkjasd;flka
    (randomly type stuffs)
  4. press Enter

Done 😉

Vim – Comment multi lines

First way:

v -> select whatever needs to be commented out
(appears this) :'<,’>
add s/^/#
(it will be now :'<,’>s/^/#)
Press Enter

Second way:

For commenting out a block of text, do the following:

  1. hit CTRL + v (visual block mode)
  2. use the down arrow keys to select the lines you want (it won’t highlight everything)
  3. Shift + i (capital I)
  4. insert the caracter/text you want to add at the beginning of the line (e.g. #)
  5. Press ESC.


To uncomment a block:

  1. Go the to first line of code where you want to start uncommenting from.
  2. Press 0 (To bring the cursor to the beginning of the line.)
  3. CTRL + v and select lines to be uncommented.
  4. x that will delete all the # characters vertically.


Source: https://www.quora.com/How-can-I-un-comment-a-block-of-text-in-Vim

vim without .vimrc

If you want to run vim without executing a customer’s .vimrc, as they’ve got crazy colours and random stuff all over the show, just do use NONE as a special value to skip any .vimrc parsing;

vim -u NONE

You might need to run :set nocp in vim itself if you’re like me and used to the non-vi compatible features.

Mac – Enable syntax highlight VIM

Instert these lines below the “set backspace=2” in your /usr/share/vim file:

set ai                  " auto indenting
set history=100         " keep 100 lines of history
set ruler               " show the cursor position
syntax on               " syntax highlighting
set hlsearch            " highlight the last searched term
filetype plugin on      " use the file type plugins

" When editing a file, always jump to the last cursor position
autocmd BufReadPost *
\ if ! exists("g:leave_my_cursor_position_alone") |
\ if line("'\"") > 0 && line ("'\"") <= line("$") |
\ exe "normal g'\"" |
\ endif |
\ endif