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Word highlighting and navigation throughout out the buffer.

vim-interestingwords highlights the occurrences of the word under the cursor throughout the buffer. Different words can be highlighted at the same time. The plugin also enables one to navigate through the highlighted words in the buffer just like one would through the results of a search.



The recommended installation is through vim-plug:

Plug 'lfv89/vim-interestingwords'


  • Highlight with <Leader>k
  • Navigate highlighted words with n and N
  • Clear every word highlight with <Leader>K throughout the buffer

Highlighting Words

<Leader>k will act as a toggle, so you can use it to highlight and remove the highlight from a given word. Note that you can highlight different words at the same time.

Navigating Highlights

With a highlighted word under your cursor, you can navigate through the occurrences of this word with n and N, just as you would if you were using a traditional search.

Clearing (every) Highlight

Finally, if you don't want to toggle every single highlighted word and want to clear all of them, just hit <Leader>K


The plugin comes with those default mapping, but you can change it as you like:

let g:interestingWordsDefaultMappings = 0 if to disable default mapping

nnoremap <silent> <leader>k :call InterestingWords('n')<cr>
vnoremap <silent> <leader>k :call InterestingWords('v')<cr>
nnoremap <silent> <leader>K :call UncolorAllWords()<cr>

nnoremap <silent> n :call WordNavigation(1)<cr>
nnoremap <silent> N :call WordNavigation(0)<cr>

Thanks to @gelguy it is now possible to randomise and configure your own colors

To configure the colors for a GUI, add this to your .vimrc:

let g:interestingWordsGUIColors = ['#8CCBEA', '#A4E57E', '#FFDB72', '#FF7272', '#FFB3FF', '#9999FF']

And for a terminal:

let g:interestingWordsTermColors = ['154', '121', '211', '137', '214', '222']

Also, if you want to randomise the colors (applied to each new buffer), add this to your .vimrc:

let g:interestingWordsRandomiseColors = 1


The idea to build this plugin came from the @stevelosh video's where he shows some pretty cool configurations from his .vimrc. He named this configuration interesting words, and I choose to keep the name for this plugin. The video is on youtube:


☀️ A vim plugin for highlighting and navigating through different words in a buffer.





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