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Is there an easy way to move to the next capital letter with vim? I'm often working with camel-cased variables and it could be useful.

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There are a few scripts out there to redefine the word motion commands (b, e, w) to stop at capital letters in CamelCase words; camelcasemotion looks well-established (disclaimer: I've never used it). The Vim wiki has a few examples of simpler scripts if you prefer to do it yourself. Here's a relatively simple way to remap C-Left and C-Right to handle caml-cased words.

nnoremap <silent><C-Left> :<C-u>call search('\<\<Bar>\U\@<=\u\<Bar>\u\ze\%(\U\&\>\@!\)\<Bar>\%^','bW')<CR>
nnoremap <silent><C-Right> :<C-u>call search('\<\<Bar>\U\@<=\u\<Bar>\u\ze\%(\U\&\>\@!\)\<Bar>\%$','W')<CR>
inoremap <silent><C-Left> <C-o>:call search('\<\<Bar>\U\@<=\u\<Bar>\u\ze\%(\U\&\>\@!\)\<Bar>\%^','bW')<CR>
inoremap <silent><C-Right> <C-o>:call search('\<\<Bar>\U\@<=\u\<Bar>\u\ze\%(\U\&\>\@!\)\<Bar>\%$','W')<CR>
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+1 because using search() doesn't screw up your current search pattern – jw013 Oct 6 '11 at 0:34
Accepted because of CamelCaseMotion. – greg0ire Feb 5 '12 at 16:00
More awesomness on this page – greg0ire Feb 5 '12 at 16:10

The following Vim command maps the Control-t key combination (use any convenient one you wish) to the command /[A-Z] (followed by return), which will search for the next uppercase letter in "normal mode" (command mode). You can put this in your .vimrc file if you wish (minus the :). The <c-t> and <return> is typed as I've written them here, and Vim will understand.

:nmap <c-t> /[A-Z]<return>
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+1, it works! Every capital letter gets highlighted though... I was looking for something more native but I'm not sure it exists. – greg0ire Oct 5 '11 at 21:52
@greg0ire: Yeah, that's annoying. You have the hlsearch option set for one reason or other. Unset it with the :nolhsearch command. – Kusalananda Oct 5 '11 at 22:03
@Kusalananda: try nmap <tab> :call search('[A-Z]', 'W')<CR> – kev Nov 10 '11 at 5:27

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