I accidentally stumbled across this short-cut while mimicking around in vim. I usually do “/word” to search for a word about a thousand times while editing a file. Accidentally, while commenting I typed ‘r’ to replace a single character but apparently I must have typed ‘R’ instead. Thinking I was in insert mode I quickly issued the ‘*’ character, except nothing was inserted. This struck me as odd because I just saw highlighted words. I figured:
Shift+8 // The ‘star’.
did the trick. Just thought I’d share. 🙂