Finding a Word in Vi/Vim

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Linux is a versatile operating system that allows you to perform a standard Vi search using different keys on your computer keyboard.

This tutorial will list the different keys and functions that you can use to search and find words in Vi/Vim.

How To Find a Word in Vi

To find a word in Vi/Vim, simply type the / or ? key, followed by the word you're searching for.


Once found, you can press the n key to go directly to the next occurrence of the word.

Vi/Vim also allows you to launch a search on the word over which your cursor is positioned. To do this, place the cursor over the term, and then press * or # to look it up.

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Jean-François Pillou - Founder of CCM
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