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I've entered some search pattern in vim using / command. Now, I want to replace those occurrences I've found with something else.

How do I easily insert the recently used search pattern into the :%s/ command?

The history (accessible via and keys) is separate for search and replace, hence my problem.

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Pressing CtrlR+/ will insert the last search pattern into the current command line.

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You can simply omit the search pattern:

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