Therefore in this post, we will show how to disable syntax highlighting in the .vimrc configuration file. This way all files that you open will have plain text, without any color schemes, and you can quickly get to work.
I found myself frequently opening files and then disabling syntax highlighting dynamically, its more efficient to add the command to the .vimrc file on each machine you use.
How to Disable VIM Syntax Highlight in the .VIMRC file
First make sure vim is installed. For example run apt-get install vim, or yum install vim, or whatever command is applicable to your distribution. On Windows, the process is less easy to install vim, but I will leave that for you to figure out.
Then in your home directory open the file, or create the file .vimrc.
In .vimrc disable syntax highlighting with the following code
Now let’s compare loooking at a file with syntax highlighting on and off.
I was just logged into a virtual box for Ubuntu 20.04 and trying to edit a configuration file in systemd.
Syntax highlighting will help programmers who have configured it properly for their language of choice to match their terminal settings. But for random access of files on multiple systems, it frequently gets in the way of productivity.
Conclusion on syntax highlighting with vim
You can see clearly in the above example, that when logging in to many different machines you might find your self annoyed by VIM syntax highlighting. As the highlighting needs to be configured to useful, and for configuration file editing on new systems, its frequently not optimized and annoying.
This article gives you the configuration to disable syntax highlighting. Please use it as needed.