When using man pages, a commonly used feature is to use / then a search term to get to a word of interest.

Once found, all matches remain highlighted - this can often be distracting when I just want to read the man page.

I'm sure its a simple key combo, but how can I turn the highlighting off once the matches are found?

  • ESC does nothing
  • q obviously quits out of man page completely

Note: I'm on Ubuntu


Since you're on Ubuntu, the pager used to visualise man pages is probably GNU less.

As you can see after pressing h:

ESC-u Undo (toggle) search highlighting.

In most terminals, it should be equivalent to Alt+U.

  • got it, thanks. after years of find man pages were probably less help than google, I had "learned" not to bother with looking to bash docs for help etc. But as master Yoda said "You must unlearn what you have learned, and give bash docs a go" May 27 '15 at 11:33
  • @user4668401, man has nothing to do with bash. bash is a command to interpret command-lines (a command-line language interpreter), man is a command to read manual pages. May 27 '15 at 12:58
  • @StéphaneChazelas thanks, once I thought about it, of course you are right. I quickly looked at <en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_page> to get a better feel for the relationship. tried $man man which gives a man page for man itself. and interestingly found this in the History section of wikipedia page In the first two years of the history of Unix, no documentation existed. The Unix Programmer's Manual was first published on November 3, 1971. The first actual man pages were written by Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson. May 27 '15 at 13:14

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