VIM Tips: One Click to Cancel Searching Highlight

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Problem: Vim searching highlight is annoying

When you do a search in vim, all the matching strings would be highlighted, even after the search. This could be annoying.

To remove the highlighting, you can simply use :noh.

However, typing ESC + :noh everytime still bothers.


You could map :noh to a simple key: Enter.

Add this line to your vimrc

:map <silent> <leader><cr> :noh<cr>

Then try a search, and press Enter to cancel the highlights.

(This is a trick I stealed from YF.)