Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

In vim, I typed /foo Enter and found some matches.

Now I want to replace all instances of foo with bar (i.e. :%s/foo/bar).

Can this be done without retyping the foo? (e.g. into the command line following :)

share|improve this question
up vote 12 down vote accepted

Yes, you can do it with :%s//bar.

Explanation: in the substitute command when the search pattern is empty, Vim uses the last search pattern.

Alternatively, you can explicitly paste the last search pattern, which is stored in a special register. You can quickly insert its contents by typing Ctrl-R+/ in insert or command mode.

So enter command mode, type %s/, then Ctrl-R+/ to paste the last pattern, and then the remaining /bar.

share|improve this answer

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .