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When my cursor is on a word in normal mode, and I press '*', vim searches for the word in the document. But, if the word ends with a colon, vim includes the colon in its matching. How do I prevent this from happening?

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What version of vim are you using? I can't repeat the problem on 7.3. – Ash Feb 15 '13 at 23:53
@Ash: It must be a setting that one of my add-ons is changing. I just can't find the setting! I'm using 7.3 of MacVim. – Neil G Feb 16 '13 at 0:31
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The characters that are included in such a search are specified by the 'iskeyword' option. The default value does not include : so the : must have been added by some configuration file, probably a filetype plugin. To find out what last set the value, execute

:verbose set iskeyword?

If it was set by a filetype plugin, the author presumably thought doing so would help. If you don't like it that way, you can remove the : by creating a file, ~/.vim/after/ftplugin/<filetype>.vim for Unix or ~\vimfiles\after\ftplugin\<filetype>.vim for Windows, where <filetype>.vim is the file named in the :verbose output, and put in it this line:

setlocal iskeyword-=:

See also:

:help *
:help 'iskeyword'
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